A PAIR of performers are staging a musical for charity, two years after their first tribute show in memory of Clare Ryder’s husband who died from a heart condition.
The Cool Ryder cast are bringing the hit musicals medley show to Hayes next month, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
The talented group met through their involvement with the Hillingdon Musical Society, and through scouting in Hillingdon and Ealing.
In May 2012, they were inspired to first put on the show following the death of Jamie Ryder in September 2011. Aged just 33, he died after doctors discovered a heart aneurysm.
Putting on an all-singing, all-dancing amateur show had been Jamie’s vision – his all-time favourite show was Oliver! – and his wife Claire, and friend Tracey Dingwall went ahead and cast and choreographed Cool Ryder in his memory.
Held at the Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip, it was a massive hit, and more than £4,000 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.
Two years on and the group have decided to reprise the show, this time for Cancer Research UK.
Mrs Ryder, 33, said: “It was an awful shock when Jamie died. He needed surgery as soon as doctors diagnosed him and he just didn’t make it.
“It has been nice to have the support of friends and family, and their enthusiasm to put on the show has been great.
“It is really good fun and it is nice to do something for a good cause that means a lot to everyone.
“I lost an aunt and an uncle to cancer, so this show will be for them as well. We want to try and help other families so they don’t have to go through what we have been through.”
Mrs Dingwall, who lives in Glencoe Road, Hayes, said: “We didn’t have any experience putting on shows before 2012. It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it because we raised so much money.
“Everyone has worked so hard, and the show is amazing. We want to do the same again and raise as much as possible, this time for Cancer Research because several members of the cast had been affected by the disease in the last year or so.”
Cool Ryder will be performed at Barnhill Community Hall in Ayles Road, Hayes on June 6 at 7.30pm, and June 7 at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Adult tickets cost £10, and children under 15 pay £8. There is no charge for infants.
To buy a ticket, call Tracey on 07951 472 145, or email email@example.com.