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Forces’ Sweetheart show raises funds for her charity

27 February, 2017

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart, pictured during the war

A STAR-studded event at the London Palladium in Soho will honour the centenary of Dame Vera Lynn, as well as raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Widely known as the Forces’ Sweetheart, her recordings were particularly popular during the Second World War.

She toured many countries during the war, performing songs such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and There’ll Always Be An England, for the troops.

But aside from music, Dame Vera, who was born on March 20 1917, is most proud of the her charity work for causes including cerebral palsy and breast cancer.

The show, which will feature performances from Blake and Hayley Westenra as well as comedian and singer Alexander Armstrong, will help raise money for The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Dame Vera said: “One of my greatest achievements was establishing the school for parents, for children under five years with cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties. My role as president of the charity is still hugely important to me. For a family to be suddenly and unexpectedly faced with the news that their child is affected by cerebral palsy is a life-altering experience.

“The special attention that their child will need in his or her early years is woefully lacking in the public sector. The free service that our charity provides is a lifeline to families.

“The charity will support them through the early years and help to ensure that their child achieves their maximum potential and that more children and future adults will be able to take a full and active part in their own lives and make a meaningful contribution to society.”

A Tribute to Vera Lynn will also feature appearances from Russell Watson, Sir Tim Rice, Alan Titchmarsh, Brian Blessed, Simon Callow, Pam St Clement, Anita Harris, Clare Teal and Una Stubbs. The show will tell the story of her life and highlight some of her hit songs.

• Tickets for the event, which takes place on March 18, cost £50.

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