WEST Cumbrian-born singer/ songwriter Francis Dunnery is coming home tomorrow to head up a weekend of charity events to help youngsters.

The former It Bites front man, who has carved out a successful music career in America, will be taking part in a sponsored walk around Ennerdale tomorrow at 10am.

It is one of the fundraising events for the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund, which he set up in memory of his parents.

He will be joined by around 50 other people, including youngsters from Bookwell School in his native Egremont, which will receive cash from the fund this year.

Dunnery will then perform with David Sancious and Dorie Jackson at a sell-out concert at Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven at 7.30pm.

On Sunday, 10 teams will compete in a charity football tournament at Wyndham School from 10am, before Dunnery takes to the stage again for an extra concert at Rosehill, which was organised due to demand.

Tickets for this show are still available and money raised will go to the Asian Earthquake Appeal.

Last year the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund raised £4,000 for Francis’s old school – St Bridget’s RC School in Egremont.

The money was raised during what has become an annual weekend of fundraising by the registered charity, which aims to help improve the health and education of children in Egremont and the surrounding area.

Since it was launched in 2002 it has also raised several thousand pounds for the West Cumberland Hospital at Whitehaven.

Anyone who wants to take part in tomorrow’s sponsored walk should meet at Bowness Knott car park, Ennerdale, at 9am for breakfast, before setting off on the trek at 10am.

For tickets for the second concert at 7.30pm on Sunday, costing £15, £13 or £10, call the box office on 01946 692422.

By Andrea Thompson
Published in News & Star

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