Jane Mcdonald sings to hundreds at Wakefield Theatre Royaly

Jane McDonald gala concert in aid of Wakefield Hospice.
Jane McDonald gala concert in aid of Wakefield Hospice.

JANE McDonald sang her heart out – and sold the clothes from her back – to raise more than £33,000 for Wakefield Hospice.

Hundreds of people packed into the Theatre Royal Wakefield on Wednesday night to hear the Loose Women star belt out all her classic hits and favourite covers.

Not content with raising money through ticket sales and a raffle, Jane also raised more than £5,000 by auctioning off the dresses she wore on stage on the night.

Jane said: “Everything about the night was truly beyond anything I expected.

“I was humbled by the generosity of the wonderful people of Wakefield.

“I was also amazed how people had travelled from far and wide to see me in my home town.

“My thanks go to everyone for making the night a huge success.”

Fans came from as far as Scotland, Bournemouth and Essex to see what will be Jane’s only performance this year – and her first in Wakefield for many years.

She opened to a standing ovation and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Jane sang I Will Always Love You in tribute to Whitney Houston who died earlier this month.

In the second half Peter Grant, a young singer from Leeds, was brought on to entertain the crowds while Jane changed into her third outfit of the night.

In the audience were Merrill Osmond, lead singer of The Osmonds, and his son, Justin, who travelled from Los Angeles to show Jane and the hospice their support.

Two lucky fans bid £2,500 each for a dinner date with them at Blacker Hall Farm.

The money raised on the night could fund a staff nurse for a year at Wakefield Hospice which provides specialist palliative care for terminally ill people and support for their families.

Helen Knowles, director of fundraising at Wakefield Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bits with the amount raised.

“At the beginning of the night she said she wanted to raise £20,000, but the amount just kept going up and up.

“We want to thank Jane and all her staff, we would also like to thank all her fans who came from so far and were so generous.

“We’d also like to thank the band, the lighting and sound crews who gave their services for free, as well as Marks & Spencer and Blacker Hall Farm for their donations and support.”