The show goes on for Charlie and Molly as CD launch raises funds for hospice

Back row, left to right – Ben Nicholas, Charlie O’Connor, Robert Barnes, Molly Armstrong, Matt Ley (

Back row, left to right – Ben Nicholas, Charlie O’Connor, Robert Barnes, Molly Armstrong, Matt Ley (CD cover designer) and Katherine Ostler (teacher with 4th Dimension Dance)Front row – 4th Dimension dancers Chantae Russell, Amber Sturman, Hayden Forbes, Daisy Neal, Shanice Geraty, Sara Goujon - Credit: Archant

Charlie and Molly’s CD launch party at The Brook on Friday night was a sell-out and raised more than £1,300 for the Lisa Barnes Memorial Fund.

This was despite the fact that guitarist and vocalist Charlie O’Connor, of Ely, was in Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Friday morning having plastic surgery to a hand injury.

The evening began with an energetic performance by members of 4th Dimension Dance Group.

Molly Armstrong, of Little Downham, then took centre stage and sang a selection of her favourite solo numbers. The duo’s technician, Ben Nicholas, was then persuaded to join Charlie on stage and perform a song that they had written together, featuring Ben on ukulele.

Robert Barnes, founder of Lisa’s Fund, said: “It is a testament to Charlie and Molly’s talent and professionalism that with just hours before the doors opened we had to completely change the format of the show.

“They really pulled it out of the bag and everyone had a fantastic night with a real party atmosphere. The songs sounded great and they performed them beautifully. “With ticket sales, CD sales and a raffle, we managed to raise over £1,300, which is a magnificent achievement. With sponsorship and other donations we have more than covered the costs of producing the CD and now every penny from CD sales will go straight to the Arthur Rank Hospice.”

The CD is now available to buy from Burrows Books and the Lighthouse Centre in Ely, Soham Books, both of the Arthur Rank Hospice shops and the hospice itself.

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