Sheldon Heath Social Club hosted the latest Irish Variety Night for the local charity, KIDS. The event followed on from the success of the last charity event held at Maryvale Community Centre, Kingstanding, which raised over £1,200 for outdoor play equipment for the KIDS Early Years Service.

The money raised at the event in Sheldon was used to repair, refurbish and modernise the KIDS holiday caravan. The caravan is offered to all families with disabled children/young people at extensively reduced rates however, in order for KIDS to be able to continue to offer this facility a number of items needed replacing. These included carpets, bedding (including mattresses), radiators, cooker, light fittings, foldaway bed as well as steam cleaning the furnishings and carrying out repairs to the decking area/safety gates, to name but a few.

This event was only made possible by the number of volunteers and entertainers who worked extremely hard and gave of their time and resources to ensure the evening had the very best of Irish entertainment.

The evening kicked off with Fran the Man singing much loved Irish country and western songs ranging from waltzes to quick steps and everything in between! Irish dancers from the John Carey Dance Academy followed Fran with their fantastic display of Irish dance and then Michael Collins had everyone in hysterics with his legendary storytelling. Following Michael a chance to enjoy some of the best Irish traditional music from the 10-piece Trad Irish Band, which was made up of some members of the Reel Note with a number of special guests joining them. Everyone had a chance to practice their Ceili dancing – no experience was necessary as there was callers helping you through your steps. Then everyone enjoyed the music of Fran the Man for the final hour of this great night out!

As well as the entertainment there was great raffle prizes to be won, a chance to play Irish Bingo and the Whisky Roll.