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Elvis impersonator Jim Nicholas is the Pride of Manchester 150 150 mhamer

Elvis impersonator Jim Nicholas is the Pride of Manchester

Very proud of my great friend Jim Nicholas who has been given the, “Pride of Manchester Award”, for all the fundraising over the years for such a worthy cause @FrancisHouseCH

Jimmy Cricket said he was “very proud” of his close friend Jim Nicholas who won Fundraiser of the Year in the Pride of Manchester Awards.

DJ and mobile entertainer Jim Nicholas has raised more than £200,000 for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Jim, from Swinton in Greater Manchester, said he was surprised to be presented with the award by Pride of Manchester award host Kym Marsh.

He thought he was attending a hospice fund-raising meeting at a hotel to discuss ways of raising money.

His wife Denise even persuaded him to dress in his Elvis outfit for the occasion.

However, he was greeted instead by hospice CEO, David Ireland.

Also there were Director of Care Sharon Doodson and former Coronation Street star and singer Kym.

Jim is quoted on the Francis House Children’s Hospice website as saying: “It was fantastic to meet Kym.

Worthy cause

“I’m so proud that someone has thought about nominating me and I feel very humble to get this award.”

Jimmy said: “Very proud of my great friend Jim Nicholas who has been given the “Pride of Manchester Award” for all the fundraising over the years for such a worthy cause @FrancisHouseCH.”

Francis House is based in south Manchester.

Jim is the impresario behind Jimmy’s charity shows for Francis House.

Stars Come out for Francis House is staged at the Coliseum in Oldham.

The pair were introduced many years ago by Sister Aloysius.

They have remained close friends and showbiz partners ever since.

Also read: Elvis impersonator raises £200,000 for Francis House

Festive Liz gets Wellie award 150 150 mhamer

Festive Liz gets Wellie award

Jimmy Cricket with marketing manager Liz CooperA lady who gave Jimmy Cricket and his panto colleagues a great Christmas send-off is the January winner of the Golden Wellie award.

Liz Cooper is the marking manager at the Forum Theatre in Billingham where the famous Northern Irish entertainer appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over the festive period.

Jimmy said: “Liz went above the call of duty on Christmas Eve and decorated with festive trimmings the dressings rooms occupied by the cast of the pantomime. She was ably abetted in this feat by her daughter.

“In 25 years of doing pantos across the UK, this is the first time that I have encountered the theatre’s staff going to the length of ensuring the cast have a Christmas send-off  and this special gesture certainly got everyone into the Christmas spirit.”

Jimmy, whose festively decorated panto dressing room is pictured below, was so impressed and grateful for what Liz had done that he wanted to acknowledge her efforts by awarding her the Golden Wellington (above).

Jimmy Cricket's panto dressing room

Charity efforts earn PCSO special award 150 150 mhamer

Charity efforts earn PCSO special award

Janet, Jim, Jimmy Cricket and AndreaA Greater Manchester police community support officer is the latest winner of Jimmy Cricket’s Golden Wellie award.

Janet (pictured on the left in the photo above with Jimmy and his good friend Jim Nicholas) recently organised a charity event for the Francis House Children’s Club at the Hough End Police Club in South Manchester.

The other lady in the photo is Andrea who works for Barclays Bank; she had arranged for her organisation to match the money raised by Janet pound for pound.

Rochdale-based entertainer Jimmy said: “PCSO Janet went to a magnificent effort in organising this event; she not only sold tickets around her beat in Swinton in Salford, but placed adverts throughout all the police stations of Manchester!

“The event raised around £1,500, and for her fine efforts and determination to make this event a success, I presented PCSO Janet with this Golden Wellie award.”