Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle to attend Lakelands Hospice fundraiser in Corby

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle

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Actor Brendan Coyle, one of the stars of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey, is to attend a fundraising concert for Lakelands Hospice this month.

Brendan, who is from Corby and plays valet Mr Bates in the series and is a patron of the hospice, will attend the Singing for Lakelands event at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel on Sunday, October 26.

It has been organised by classical singer Vicki-Louise Sherwin, 13, who was inspired to hold the fundraiser by the courage of hospice patients.

Fundraising manager at Lakelands Hospice Paul Marlow said: “We are really excited that Brendan has confirmed he will be attending the Singing for Lakelands event.

“Vicki-Louise and her family have worked really hard to put on this event and I hope the news will be a real boost to ticket sales.

“Brendan has been a patron for two years now and provided the commentary for our recent awareness DVD.”

The afternoon of entertainment will include performances by Vicki-Louise, who lives on the Oakley Vale estate, Charlie Botting, 14, Findlay O’Connor and Emma Mellon and The Contenders, as well as the Deep Roots Tall trees choir and Rockingham Primary School choir.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 2pm, are £4.50 and can be obtained by calling 01536 747755.

Lakelands Week last month raised £6,859.48 with a number of events including a Three Peaks Challenge when fundraisers tackled the UK’s highest peaks in 24 hours.