Soprano Laura Wright, the first official anthem singer for the Rugby Football Union, who stole the show when she sang ahead of England’s Six Nations clash with Wales earlier this year, was the star attraction at a charity concert at Lidgate’s St Mary’s Church.
The 24 year old was spearheading a family fundraising appeal to say thank you to staff at West Suffolk Hospital for the care they had shown her grandfather.
The Lidgate concert, last month, close to the home of her grandparents, Alan and Janet Piggott was a sell out. It was Alan’s treatment at West Suffolk Hospital that encouraged him to organise the event which Laura headlined. He was recently an inpatient at the hospital and wanted to say thank you while Laura spent several weeks in the hospital’s Rainbow Ward as a young child with septic arthritis. “When he asked me to perform, I was delighted to help both the hospital and also return to Lidgate which has such wonderful memories for me growing up,” said Laura.