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Bolton Business Woman Shares Stage With Strictlys Jill Halfpenny

Tuesday, 01 March 2011

A Bolton business woman will be sharing a stage with Strictly Come Dancing winner Jill Halfpenny on 8 March, to raise money for a local charity.

Sue Hamilton, owner of Bolton's foster care company, modus, is joining forces with women from across the region to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, and will be taking part in a special performance of The Vagina Monologues alongside the star.

The show is being held at Manchester Town Hall with proceeds raised going towards local women's charity, The Birdhouse Fund.

The performance will be followed by a special debate which will be chaired by BBC News presenter Ranvir Singh and will also feature Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Yvonne Edge, manager of the Pankhurst Centre, Roz Hamilton from the Greater Manchester Probation Trust and feminist Jane Harper.

Sue Hamilton said:  "We've been enjoying rehearsals and are sure that the audience will have a great time on 8 March, but we mustn't forget the serious reason we're all taking part.

"The Birdhouse Fund supports disadvantaged women across Greater Manchester, and I felt a real affinity with the cause.  We work with young girls from Bolton and the wider region who are victims of trafficking or other crimes so we see first-hand how their lives are changed by these terrible experiences.

"The event on 8 March is a great way for women from across the region to unite together to show their support and solidarity. 

"We're really grateful to Jill Halfpenny and Ranvr Singh for joining us to help raise awareness and funds - hopefully everyone will have a really fun and thought provoking evening."

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, please visit http://www.birdhousefund.org/