Charlie's champs; Health Reporter HELEN RAE takes a look at the latest way a top regional charity has raised funds for those living with cancer.Byline: HELEN RAE
NORTH East charity Charlie Bear for Cancer Care has kicked off the festive season with a bang after staging a variety show with a difference.
Staff from the Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne, city (1991 pop. 199,064) and metropolitan district, NE England, on the Tyne River. The city is an important shipping and trade center. The famous coal-shipping industry began in the 13th cent. NHS Foundation Trust NHS Foundation Trusts (often referred to as "foundation hospitals") are hospitals which are part of the National Health Service in England. Function
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The show featured everything from a showstealing turn from Michael 'Elvis' Armstrong and his granddaughter to the foundation trust's very own take on the classic fairytale, Goldilocks gold·i·locks
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North East performing duo Frayed Knot took centre stage with their renowned acrobatic juggling act.
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[Middle English kerling, from Old Norse, from karl, man.] , Frayed Knot's co-founder and performer, said: "It was great to be able to take part in this unique show, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.
"Because I am from Newcastle, I've seen the fantastic work Charlie Bear does supporting cancer patients and their families in the city and across the North East.
"As a performer it is wonderful to be able to use my skills not only to entertain people, but also help raise money for a great cause."
The variety show welcomed singer Trish Greensmith, also known as Chyrelle Addams, on stage for a set.
Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and since her recovery has raised more than pounds 8,000 for Charlie Bear, which has enabled the charity to buy a portable blood pressure machine.
Charlie Bear was set up by cancer sufferer Daisy Clark in 1978, with the aim of raising enough money to buy the region's first whole-body scanner.
After her retirement in 1993, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust adopted the charity.
It has since helped hundreds of cancer sufferers and their families from across the region.
Angie Taylor, Charlie Bear coordinator, said: "The variety show is the highlight of the festive season for us.
"Those that take to the stage look forward to contributing to Charlie Bear in a different, creative way, and everybody looks forward to watching the show.
"We're also really grateful for the help and support of all the organisations who have donated their time and skill to make the night a success."
Find out how you can help Charlie Bear at www.
charliebearforcancercare.org.uk, or by calling Angie Taylor on (0191) 213 8615. You can also donate to Charlie Bear by logging on to http://www.justgiving.com/charliebear/
MEMORABLE EVENT - Frayed Knot, Victoria Carlin and Edd Muir prepare to raise the curtain on a charity night for Charlie Bear