On a warm August afternoon, the ladies of the ïSparklers’ group visited Heathlands Village to present The Fed with a donation of £700.

Founded in the late 70’s by the former ïMerry Wives of WIZO’, began performing shows of music and comedy, as a strong 20 troupe. æTheir first show, performed on a Bonfire Night at Levi House on Bury Old Road, led to them being known forever more as ïThe Sparklers’!

Over past the 40 years their numbers have depleted but – with their long-time pianist Brian Calvert – they have performed for the BBC and Children In Need and supported numerous Jewish and non-Jewish charities annually, both in the UK and abroad.

Leila Glancy, one of the founder members, said, “We ask for donations at our shows, and split the proceeds between our chosen projects.” Asked why they chose The Fed for 2017, Leila enthused,

“It was a unanimous decision. In supporting the incredible work of The Fed, we are serving ourselves; we are serving our community and serving a wonderful resource.”

After presenting their cheque, the group shared afternoon tea with a number of Heathlands Village residents, before closing their appearance with a rendition of their signature song – Eric and Ernie’s, ïBring Me Sunshine’.

Whilst visiting Heathlands ladies were given a tour of the site by CEO Mark Cunningham, and were dazzled by the beautiful, multi-sensory Seaside Garden. æMembers of the group commented that the garden was simplyæ “..the most wonderful place imaginable. The whole area is like the most superb hotel.”