X Factor boost for Hope School

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A SPECIAL night of entertainment has been lined up to raise money for Hope school in Winstanley.

X Factor finalist Craig Colton is set to headline a packed evening at Goose Green Labour Club tomorrow night which will also feature a special talk by former Wigan rugby league player Andy Gregory.

The night has been organised by Ruth Baxendale who has spent time working at Hope, a school which caters for young people with special needs.

Ruth, who works at Total Fitness, was touched by the enthusiasm and smiling faces from both the pupils and staff at the school and has gone about holding various fundraisers to help generate much-needed cash. The money will go towards specialist equipment the school needs.

She said: “Everyone at Hope is amazing. It’s such an inspirational school, everyone always has a big smile on their face and both the staff and the pupils are so enthusiastic.

“We’ve done a few things in the past and we’re hoping this is going to be absolutely massive.

“We’re hoping for a big turn out because it is going to be a great night as we have so much going on.”

There will be a live band, refreshments and a raffle with some great prizes.

RL star Gregory added: “I hope as many people as possible can come done.

“I’m delighted to offer my services and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Liverpudlian singer Craig stormed last year’s X Factor and was picked by judge Gary Barlow as one of his final four boys.

He went on to progress well throughout the show and fell short of the live grand final at Wembley Arena by just three weeks.

Craig worked in a biscuit factory in Liverpool before entering the X Factor and was voted out of the competition in week seven.

He unveiled his debut single Beautiful Surprise on February 12, and has spent the summer in Los Angeles writing and recording new material with Take That.

Doors will open from 7.30pm tomorrow and guests can pay on the door for £10 with all proceeds going to Hope school.

Former St John Rigby College pupil Ruth hopes to raise around £3,000 combined with the money raised in a bike-a-thon held in September at Total Fitness gym.