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Joanna Lumley supports fundraising concert

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Actress, advocate and human rights activist Joanna Lumley has given her support to a special fundraising concert in Cheltenham on Friday, December 9, writes Katie Jarvis.

The concert is the last in this year’s series organised by Nailsworth couple Tony and Amanda Raybone, with all proceeds going to DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

“Joanna has been incredibly supportive to us, over the years, for many charity events we have arranged in aid of causes such as Combat Stress and Alabare’s Homes for Veterans,” Amanda said.

“She can’t be with us on this latest evening as she’s filming in Jordan. But she always writes a wonderful letter, which will be read out on the night.”

Guest of honour at the star-studded event will be Sara, Lady Bathurst. Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence, will be guest speaker. And a BBC presenter will compere.

“Former SAS soldier, Adam Dobby, now an acclaimed war photographer, will also be with us, speaking, and displaying incredibly powerful images he has taken in Ukraine.

“We are also delighted to welcome some of Cheltenham’s large Ukraine community – some of whom might even be wearing national dress,” Amanda said.

Music will be provided Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir, accompanied by Gloucestershire Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the event, kindly hosted at Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, cost £12.50 (concessions £10) and are available from gloucestershirepolicemvc.co.uk. The evening begins at 7pm.

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