Caritas is the Latin term for charity or caring for others.

It’s also the name adopted by a group of Huddersfield entertainers who use their time and talents to raise money and help those in the community with long-term medical needs and their carers.

On September 20, at Moldgreen United Reformed Church, Caritas is hosting a cabaret evening of music, dance and song to further its work.

The event promises an extraordinarily varied range of entertainment – from a performance of the now-famous Black and White Dance (as seen on You Tube) by the Really Useless Group (RUGS), to The Happy Song by local songsters ReJoySing.

Caritas was founded back in 2005 by singer, dancer and choreographer Pat Graham; musical director Gordon Balmforth; and the late Alan Bradford.

“It was Alan’s idea that a group of like-minded people who enjoyed music and theatre should get together and raise money,” says Gordon.

The sort of work carried out by Caritas members ranges from organising small household repairs and providing companionship for the lonely to transporting visitors to see loved-ones in hospital.

“A lot of it doesn’t cost much, it’s about the little things that make a difference,” explained Pat.

“Our service is for the people who fall through the cracks.”

Over the years they have staged a number of concerts and events, enlisting the support of local amateurs and even the occasional professional.

Both Pat and Gordon, who have been friends for many years, have a wealth of contacts and can always find willing entertainers.

Huddersfield singer Rhianydd Beaumont
 

This time around they have enlisted the support of Huddersfield’s Rhianydd Beaumont, who began her career as a professional singer after training at Bretton Hall College in the late 1990s.

She went on to join the touring cast of Phantom of the Opera at the age of 21 and has since appeared in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin; Beauty and the Beast in the UK; with The Sopranos on their European tour and, more recently, on the stage of Opera North in Carousel.

Supporting Rhianydd will be members of RUGS, originally formed from the ladies committee of Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society for a single spoof performance but now a popular act featuring Elaine Cockram as Suzy Boo (a take-off of Susan Boyle); and the KT Dancers, a troupe founded by Katy Bradbury that appears regularly with RUGS and ReJoySing.

Also taking part in the show are musical theatre singer Jacky Fletcher and stage designer and playwright David Wood.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.15pm, are £7.50 on the door and include a programme and soft drink.

For details of Caritas visit www.caritasuk.com and for help from the organisation call 01484 510149 or 01484 357482.