Slideshow: Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle appears at Corby hospice fundraiser

Actor Brendan Coyle, one of the stars of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey, was the special guest at a fundraising concert for Lakelands Hospice organised by a dedicated teenager.

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

Lakelands patron Brendan Coyle with Vicki-Louise' Sherwin

Lakelands patron Brendan Coyle with Vicki-Louise' Sherwin

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

Alongside Vicki-Louise, the line-up was completed by the Deep Roots Tall Trees choir, Rockingham Primary School choir, classical performer Charlie Botting and Emma Mellon and the Contenders who entertained an audience of almost 300.

After the event Vicki-Louise tweeted: “Today has been the most incredible day of my life! Can’t wait to do more for @LakelandsCorby. This is only the beginning.”

Mr Coyle enjoyed the event and stayed behind after the performance for almost two hours signing autographs and posing for pictures for donations to the hospice.

Afterwards he said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in this event.

“As a born and bred Corby lad Lakelands is a cause that’s close to my heart and Vicki is such a determined and inspirational character who I’m sure has a bright future ahead of her.

“I really enjoyed every performance this afternoon and am proud to have supported Lakelands’ continuing battle to secure funding.”

The event raised £2,659 for Lakelands and Vicki and Mr Coyle are planning a Christmas-themed event in December.