Two-time Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Michael Ball hands over a cheque for £78,243.01 – the proceeds from the 2014 West End Heroes gala he hosted at the Dominion Theatre in aid of Help For Heroes.
Michael also announced that the unique event will once again unite the country’s top military musicians with West End performers and productions in a dazzling showcase of showstopping numbers, unlikely song mash-ups and stunning choreography and precision drilling, at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday October 4, with a target of £100,000.
Handing the cheque to Hero Bear he said: “I want to say a massive personal thank you to everyone who took part and those who came to see West End Heroes. We are so proud of the money raised and what we achieved – we had the best time doing the show, and it was a great night!”
West End Heroes Producer David Pearson, the Dominion Theatre’s General Manager, said: “This is a massive achievement in only our second year. I want to thank everyone involved in what was a colossal undertaking – there were 200 people performing on stage and a small army behind the scenes, most who worked for nothing on their day off. The money raised will make a huge contribution to the amount needed for Help for Heroes to carry on their incredible work.”
The host for this year’s West End Heroes is still to be announced.
Returning to form the centrepiece of the gala and under the baton of Squadron Leader Piers Morrell will be The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which is widely regarded as one of the finest military bands in the UK and incorporates the celebrated RAF Squadronaires Big Band.
West End Heroes will once again be generously supported by many TV and theatre stars and will feature line-ups from current and past West End Shows. There will again be a performance from the West End Heroes Choir – made up of people working behind the scenes in the West End. More cast will be announced in the coming months.
For some, recovery can be swift – for others, it is a life-long journey with changing needs along the way. Help for Heroes aims to support this process however long or short it may be.
Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO of Help for Heroes said: “We’d like to thank West End Heroes for their dedication towards raising such an amazing amount for Help for Heroes over the past two years. We’re thrilled to work with West End Heroes again in 2015 and look forward to an another fantastic event at the same time as raising a significant amount of money to help our injured Servicemen and women and their families.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.westendheroes.com
Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses after serving our country. This support is provided through grants direct to our Heroes and their families, grants to other charities and through four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres across the UK. A study in September 2014 by Help for Heroes and the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 75,000 men and women may need long term support following the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Creative Team for For West End Heroes 2015
Director Tim Marshall
(Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall)
Squadron Leader Piers Morrell, Director of Music, RAF Central Band
Musical Supervisor Stuart Morley
(We Will Rock You; Night of a 1000 Stars)
Choreographer Matt Flint
(So You Think You Can Dance; Strictly Come Dancing)
Assistant Director Carole Todd
(Carnaby Street, Dreamboats and Petticoats)
Design Tim Soden
(The Lion King; Calendar Girls)
Produced by Dominion Events
Tickets from £32.50
VIP Packages including champagne pre-show reception, premium seat and access to the concert after-party
Friday 22nd May 2015