'Organisers of the When You Wish Upon a Star appeal are celebrating after the annual fundraising concert smashed all records, generating £15,000 to help terminally ill children from the Grimsby area. It was a dream come true for those behind the six-year-old charity, with Grimsby-born Gary Williams, Big Band Broadway and The Sugarfoot Stompers going down a treat with the near-capacity audience at the town's auditorium. The event raised £6,000 more than the concert last year, thrilling key fundraisers. Joanne Wright said: "We had just about a full house which we were delighted about. "Gary was brilliant and every body said he was even better than last year. The Sugarfoot Stompers were great too. Last year the same concert raised £9,000 and Joanne said it was due to sponsorship from Conoco, advertisements in the programme and a huge raffle that helped raise the profit. She said: "This is the most successful show we have ever had. The people were so supportive on the night and the show itself was outstanding. "Gary is obviously an A-class performer with a lot of experience and he was brilliant." The money will help the charity fulfil the last wishes of many children during the year, and help pay for part of the popular Lapland trip. Ms Wright said: "It is a seven day a week job but when you see those children at Christmas time with Santa in Lapland it is worth it. "But during the year we make other dreams come true for lots of terminally ill children."
During the past 12 months three families have enjoyed holidays in Florida and one young girl flew above the area in a light aircraft. And even though the concert on Friday was just the start the charity needed to begin filling the 220 seats on board the Lapland flight, organisers say they still have a long way to go. Ms Wright added: "While the evening was fantastic we still have lots of fundraising events throughout the year for children who do not go to Lapland. "We need people's support all year round to make these children's dreams come true.”'
Grimsby Evening Telegraph