From the Leicester Mercury
Members of the business community are exercising their vocal chords in preparation for a big fund-raising celebration.
Accountants, lawyers and even plumbing merchants are getting ready to join the X Factor-style charity singing event – called the L-Factor – on March 31.
Up to 1,000 people are expected at the big night out which could raise up to £50,000 for charity. Tickets are £20 each.
Organisers have confirmed the event will be held at the Leicester Arena, home of the Riders basketball team, and a short walk from the city centre.
The night will see singing acts – made up of local business people – battle it out on stage in aid of the Lord’s Taverners.
The charity raises money for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities to help them enjoy sport.
Some of the money will support the Leicester team at the Special Olympics in Sheffield this summer.
County business consultant Ian Guyler, who is chairman of the Lord’s Taverners for the East Midlands, said: “We’ve got £20,000 from our five main sponsors and from a band sponsor, and are hoping for a further £30,000 from ticket sales and contestant sponsorship.
“We have 12 contestants from the business community already signed up and we are looking for between 750 and 1,000 to attend on the night.
“We had 1,000 people the last time we did this in 2014 and tickets are on sale now and are already selling well.”
Main sponsors are Total Motion, Interserve Learning and Apprenticeships, Hastings Direct, Gateley and SME Capital.
The house band on the night – called the Y Fronts Band – is being sponsored by plumbing merchants Pochins.
The backing band is made up of well-known business faces – Gateley senior partner Gareth John, Mattioli Woods consultant John Kelly, Soft Touch Arts business development director Christina Wigmore, BDO audit manager Simon Cotton, and Maytree Group manager director Nigel Upton. This will be the third L-Factor Mr Guyler has arranged which – combined with an It’s a Knockout-style Gauntlet event at Leicester Tigers last summer and a light-hearted debate at Leicester Cathedral – have raised a total of £200,000.
The organisers have even recorded a pop video which sees business leaders singing their version of Dancing in the Street. It can be viewed on the business section of the Leicester Mercury website
Peter Bailey is local business development manager for Total Motion, a UK-wide leasing and fleet management business based in Meridian Business Park.
Mr Bailey, one of the stars of the video, said: “We supported it before and are delighted to be a headline sponsor.”
Leicester Riders chairman and arena director Kevin Routledge said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the L Factor for the first time, and supporting the charitable work of the organizers from the Lords Tavenors.
“It is a great event and provides us with a superb opportunity to showcase the arena.”
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