West End star to host and perform at charity Birmingham Ladies Lunch
Tom Lister, the actor, singer and performer who also recently starred in the smash hit West End Musical, 42ND Street, is to host Caudwell Children’s annual Birmingham Ladies Lunch, on Friday 5th April 2019.
The 40 year old, who also appeared in the popular television soap Emmerdale, as arch villain Carl King, will preside over the exclusive afternoon of fashion, food, beauty and entertainment at the renowned Belfry Hotel and Spa, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9PR.
The charity fundraising event, which runs from 11am-3pm, will see guests enjoying a Champagne reception before they browse a variety of stalls featuring local and national retailers of luxury goods, including handbags, independent clothing and beauty products.
Lister says he’s happy to take time out from his busy schedule to support Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. As he explained: “They charity is very close to my heart and I support them as often as I can, I attend its annual golf event and I’ve hosted a number of Ladies Lunches up in Cheshire.
“They’re fantastic events and those who attend have a fabulous time. I love having a bit of tongue in cheek banter with the guests, plus I also get to sing one or two songs.”
Tickets also include a two course gourmet lunch, luxury goody bag and top class entertainment. As Sarah Freeth, Challenge and Events Manager at Caudwell Children, explained: “This will be our third Ladies Lunch in Birmingham and we’re delighted to be holding it at the stunning Belfry Hotel and Spa.
“The Belfry is synonymous with golf and has hosted more Ryder Cup tournaments than any other golf course in the world.
“The venue is set amidst acres of lush North Warwickshire countryside and even though it’s located just outside Birmingham, it’s extremely accessible.”
Previous Birmingham Ladies Lunches have provided fantastic entertainment for guests including performances from stars from the worlds of television, theatre and music.
Scott Wright, the actor, singer and musician, who starred in ITV’s Coronation Street for three years, as stripper Sam Kingston, hosted Birmingham’s inaugural Caudwell Children Ladies Lunch, in 2017, whilst last year’s event was hosted by a very familiar face.
“Darius Campbell-Danesh, the multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, actor and film producer, hosted and performed at last year’s event,” said Sarah. “Darius rose to fame in 2001 after appearing on the British talent competition Popstars, before he was voted into the finals of the TV talent show, Pop Idol.
Sarah says that whilst it will be a high class afternoon the Ladies Lunch will be delivered in a wonderfully relaxed manner by Tom. As she explained: “This makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience and amidst the shopping, dining and entertainment there will be plenty of laughs.
“So with limited tickets available I would advise interested parties to buy their ticket now to avoid disappointment.”
The afternoon also involves a raffle, auction and silent auction, and with the opulent nature of the event it’s guaranteed that there will be some ‘must have’ goodies up for grabs.
Since 2000 Caudwell Children has helped over 35,000 children with services worth £40 million. The charity is unique in that a single major benefactor covers all the administration and management costs so that 100% of ticket sales, and donations, go direct to the children the charity supports.
“Small actions can have a big impact for the children that we work with,” said Sarah. “By simply buying a ticket for the ‘Ladies Lunch’, from as little as £60, you could help us to supply a state of the art wheelchair to a child, helping them to improve their mobility.”
Standard tickets are £60 per person or £550 per table of 10. This includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, a two course lunch and a goody bag.
VIP tickets are £85 per person or £800 per table of 10. This includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, a two course lunch, an allocation of Champagne, wine and water with lunch, premium seating and a goody bag.