SINGERS Brett Elesmore and Sophie Grogan have combined forces to raise money and awareness of children’s charity MACS by running the Virgin London Marathon again.

MACS (The Micro & Anophthalmic Children's Society), was created to provide support for children and their families who are born without eyes or underdeveloped eyes.

Not content with the challenge of the grueling 26.2 mile event, the pair are also producing and performing in a concert at Redditch Palace Theatre, in the hope of raising even more funds.

“I Dreamed a Dream” will take place on Sunday, February 24 and feature songs from an array of classic West End shows and modern Broadway hits, sung by a cast of both local and professional singers.

Ms Grogan said: “Brett and I loved our London Marathon experience in 2012, we raised over £4,500 together and after the success of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ last year, it seemed like the right thing to do was to rally the cast back together and produce an even better show. Last year we had a near full house and this year we hope to sell out before the show day arrives. The vocal talent we have on stage is amazing and we’re both really proud of everyone’s efforts so far.”

“Rehearsals and training are taking up a lot of our time, but having met some of the young people who benefit from the fundraising after last years marathon, we know that it is all very worthwhile. The children and their families were so appreciative and welcoming that we knew straight away we needed to raise more support for them this year. So come along, be entertained and help raise money for MACS!”

Tickets for the fundraising concert are £10 and available direct from the Redditch Palace Theatre box office and on their box office phone line 01527 65203 or from the Palace Theatre website

Brett and Sophie’s fundraising doesn’t stop there and they will be collecting sponsors right up to the marathon on Sunday 21st April. To make a donation, no matter how large or small, please visit and