Russell Grant and the Kettering theatre where he is currently starring in panto are helping boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The Strictly Come Dancing favourite has arranged for the charity to hold a collection at the Lighthouse Theatre during its festive performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Russell, who lost his grandmother, Alice, to Alzheimer’s disease in the late nineties, has raised awareness and vital funds for the charity over a number of years.
Russell, the first person to present an astrological chart to British royalty since Elizabeth I’s reign, is starring as the Astrologer Royal in the show. The production has been brought to the stage by Hammond Family Pantomimes and runs until Sunday, January 5. Ticket prices start from just £14.
Russell cared for his grandmother for many years before she lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He has long campaigned on dementia issues and donated winnings from TV game shows Paddy’s Show and Telly, All Star Family Fortunes and The Chase to fund pioneering dementia research. Most recently he attended London firm ICAP’s annual Charity Day on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Russell, who is fronting this year’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Christmas appeal, said: “I am so grateful to the Lighthouse Theatre for allowing me to satisfy two of my passions this Christmas – performing on stage and raising vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. As dementia research is so underfunded, every penny really will make such a difference. We’ve got to find a cure and I will support anything that brings that day forward.
“The theatre will always be my first love and this is where my heart is, so starring in Snow White has been fabulous. I have been doing panto since the age of five and Christmas isn’t Christmas without a good ‘he’s behind you’, so I would invite anyone looking for some good old fashioned entertainment to come and see the Kettering show. If you are, come to the stage door afterwards and say hello.”
Jodie Vaughan, community fundraising manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Alzheimer’s Research UK is so grateful to Russell and the Lighthouse Theatre for allowing a collection to be held at the venue during its marvellous production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Every £20 raised will pay for an hour of vital research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 7,000 people in Northamptonshire. Despite this, dementia research is desperately underfunded compared to other serious diseases. We rely on public donations to fund our world-class research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Russell and the Lighthouse Theatre that we’re able to continue our crucial work.”
For more information about the theatre’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including booking details, visit www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org