AN evening of music and dance in Bridgwater raised £2,600 for charity this month.

On September 4, at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, Stages saw a group of talented performers join forces to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society and the NSPCC.

Ashley Ross Quinn and Ken and Carol Baker worked together to organise the charity concert.

After Ken saw Ashley perform twice in 2019, they decided to join forces to organise this event.

Ashley is known for playing Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Otto in Spring Awakening and has many more theatre credits.

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"I was going to attempt to run the London Marathon for the NSPCC in 2020," said Ken.

"Unfortunately this never happened and so this is why I nominated the NSPCC for the concert.

"And Carol was pleased to be able to support the Alzheimer's Society.

"We would like to give a big thank you to all the artists who gave up their time to support us, and a big thank you to Ross Baker, our son, for producing the programme. And of course, all the advertisers and those who donated raffle prizes."

Various businesses donate raffle prizes including: Rich's Cider; Greenway Farm Frank Shaw; Glynis Searle; Morrisons; Porter Dodson; Maypole Inn; Berry's Coaches; The Tudor Aclands; The Lamb Inn; The Compass Tavern; Hickleys; Andrew Lees Lettings; Victoria Hair John Biffen; Kay Robbins; Ken Baker; Paul French; Linda Rodwell and Snowdonia Cheese Co.

Performers on the night included: Shalana Serafina, Felicity Berry, Siani Medlock, Emma Ingram, Samuel Howes, Tom Crout, Jessica Gardener, Gemma Coombs and Fox King Dance Academy. Hosts for the night were Chris Hocking and Malcolm Cattle.

The Alzheimer's Society and the NSPCC will each receive a £1,300 donation.