THE organiser of a first-time charity event is hoping for a capacity audience.

Residents are invited to enjoy a special choral performance of 'music from the shows' in aid of a mental health charity and Roch Valley Radio.

Event organiser Frank Shatliff, who is the former chairman of Prestwich Carnival, is hoping the charity night will be a sell-out.

Mr Shatliff stepped down as chairman of the carnival in September last year after seven years at the helm.

Since then, he has been concentrating his efforts on supporting the Prestwich regeneration, and mental health charity the Creative Living Centre. This is his first fundraising event for the charity.

He said: "Mental health is the enemy within our society and if I can help in a small way I will do it."

Visitors are invited to St Michael's Parish Hall in Ribble Drive, Whitefield, this Saturday for a quiz night and special performance of 'Music from the Shows' by the Friends Choir.

There will also be a raffle draw, with prizes donated by several local businesses, and a bar open until late.

Funds raised will be shared equally between the two causes. Roch Valley Radio is located at Fairfield Hospital and broadcasts for Bury, Heywood and Rochdale patients.

"The hall holds 200 people and we hope to fill it and raise as much money as possible in aid of Creative Living Centre and Roch Valley Radio", Mr Shatliff said.

"It would be wonderful if we could get as many good people to come and support us on the night as possible."

Tickets, at £5 each, are available at four locations in Prestwich and Whitefield: Anatolian Grill, Morrisons, Wam Sandwich bar and the Creative Living Centre.