Christmas ‘jam’ night benefits Francis House
One of Jimmy Cricket’s favourite charities benefited from the famous funnyman’s Christmas ‘jam’ night.
The event, hosted by the popular Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months, takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.
It started about a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines and is still going strong.
As a result, the famous entertainer has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.
At every event, there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.
Francis House Children’s Hospice, based in south Manchester, was the beneficiary of the Christmas ‘jam’ night on Tuesday (3 December).
Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, a great friend of Jimmy’s, also appeared at the event.
Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “Great night at the Christmas Jam night at St Vincent’s Parish Hall with Jonathan Young, Mrs C. and our friend Moureen.
“With help from Kath on tea’s and coffee’s and Pauline who organised the raffle for @FrancisHouseCH”
Care, support and friendship
The Rainbow Family Trust was set up in the early 1990s as a charity by Sister Aloysius and Father Thomas Mulheran.
They were concerned about the lack of palliative care for the families of children with a short life expectancy.
Opened by Princess Diana
As a result, the seven-bedroom Francis House opened in November 1991, with Diana, Princess of Wales, officially doing the honours.
It was only the fifth children’s hospice built in the UK and the world.