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Former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley has handed over more than £4,000 to a local charity after a performance in Lichfield.

The singer donated some of the proceeds from his Lichfield Festival fundraising show at Lichfield Cathedral to St Giles Hospice.

Tony said he was pleased to be able to visit the Whittington hospice in person.

“St Giles Hospice is an amazing place – I didn’t know what to expect but I was bowled over.

“It’s an incredible and beautiful building and the staff have been so fantastic – their friendliness shines through.

“St Giles is a really happy place with a beautiful atmosphere and it’s been a real privilege to come along and meet everybody.

“I’m full of admiration for the work that they do.”

Tony Hadley

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“So generous with his time”

Tony, who is a patron of Lichfield Festival, visited the hospice with festival chair Helen Wiser and director Damian Thantrey.

They were given a tour of the facilities by St Giles chief executive Emma Hodges. She said:

“Tony made such a difference at St Giles during his visit.

“He was so generous with his time, chatting by the bedside of three patients, who are big fans.  

“He struggled to leave our day hospice having been given a huge hug by one of our ladies and chatting to everyone there.

“He was clearly moved meeting a lady who following the death of her husband and support for her children from our Phoenix service had set up a family support group.

“Our team were so grateful for this visit and donation, that he was rewarded with a huge cheer and a round of applause when he left the building to pose for the cheque presentation.

“We’d like to thank Tony and everyone at Lichfield Festival for their support and generosity which will help to fund the £10m St Giles spends each year caring for local people and their families.”

Emma Hodges, St Giles Hospice

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.