Singing legend Rick Astley is confirmed to perform at eighties themed charity event ”Fly Back to the 80’s”– the inaugural ball for Teenage Cancer Trust in the North West.
The ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ star will be singing a selection of his classic hits under the wingspan of a fellow eighties icon – Concorde – to help raise money for the charity at Manchester Airport on 27 September.
The ball is one of several local fundraising initiatives being rolled out by The Runway on the Runway project that is spearheaded by Margo Cornish, wife of Manchester Airports Group boss Charlie who is a local Ambassador for the charity. The projects, which include fashion shows, are aimed at helping raise £250,000 towards supporting the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust across Manchester and Liverpool, in particular the new Pilot Outreach Service. Awareness of teenage cancer is lower in the North West than in the rest of the UK, but Runway on the Runway is working with the Teenage Cancer Trust and local schools to educate on the signs and symptoms of teenage cancer to lead to speedier diagnosis.
Rick said: “I was really honoured to be asked to perform at the ball and I’m looking forward to supporting a charity I really admire. Hopefully we can help smash the target and really make a difference to teenagers with cancer in the local area.”
Astley will also be reunited with former manager Pete Waterman on the night of the ball. Music mogul Waterman will be a VIP guest on the night and discovered Rick 30 years ago when he heard his unique voice in a Warrington nightclub and signed him up to his hit ‘factory’. At the height of his pop fame, Rick decided to shun the celebrity world but made a comeback in the noughties to become one of, if not, most popular acts on the 80’s Rewind circuit.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer. Without the charity young people with cancer aged 13 to 24 are treated alongside babies on a children’s ward or elderly patients on an adult ward. Teenagers and young adults with cancer need to be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in an environment designed to meet their specific needs. That’s why the charity develops and fund services that to do just that.