A Filipino actress has reunited with some of the original West End cast of Miss Saigon to organise a Typhoon Haiyan fundraiser.

Rachel Picar, of Elmer Gardens, Isleworth, is joining some of the leading lights in musical theatre for the gala concert You'll Never Walk Alone, at Queen's Theatre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, next Sunday (March 2).

The Gumley House Convent School old girl was part of the original cast of both Miss Saigon and The King and I, and she will be lining up alongside several of her former colleagues from those shows at the concert, hosted by TV fashion guru Gok Wan.

The poster for the fundraising concert
 

Both Rachel's parents are from the Philippines and she was determined to do something for those affected by the devastating storm which struck the islands last November, killing an estimated 6,000 people and making more than four million homeless.

"Via Facebook one of the girls I did King and I with (who also did Miss Saigon) messaged some of us and asked if anyone would help put on a show to raise money for the victims of the typhoon, and that's how it all started," said Rachel, who now works in the wardrobe departments of the West End.

"Lots of musical theatre stars were more than happy to be involved and its great that the ensemble, including myself, are mostly Filipino. We're hoping it's a full house so we can raise as much money as we can for the victims trying to rebuild their lives."

* You'll Never Walk Alone is at the Queen's Theatre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, on Sunday, March 2, at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee. For tickets, call 0844 482 5164 or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk