SHINING stars from across the city will take to the stage Sunday night to raise money for charity.

Hundreds of Hampshire performers will make a song and dance for charity as they take part in Wessex Heartbeat's Dancing with Choirs show at the Mayflower Theatre.

The variety show is expected to raise thousands for the Daily Echo-backed High 5 Appeal which aims to bring a new cardiac ward to Southampton General Hospital for young heart patients.

The specially designed ward will transform the hospital experience for 16 to 30-year-olds who currently have to be treated in adult wards alongside patients who are often much older than them and have different forms of heart problems.

The event will feature 500 performers from music and dance groups from across the county including from the Mayflower's Musical Youth Theatre, Romsey Male Voice Choir, E-Minor Pop Academy, Spinnaker Chorus and children from Hampshire Collegiate Prep School in Winchester.

The singers will be complimented by performers from Tori Caine School of Dancing, Parkewood School of Dance, Sue Merrett School of Dance, A&L Dance Academy, Studio So, The Point Adult Tap and Dance 8.

Last year the show attracted more than 1,300 but the charity hope to see 2,000 people watch the show this year.

Wessex Heartbeat is currently in the final push to raise £500,000 to make the ward a reality and is calling for people to help them meet their target by donating money or organising their own fundraising events.

The show starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are £16.50-£21.50 for adults or £10 for children under 16.

To book, call the Mayflower's box office on 023 8071 1811 or visit

• For more information about Wessex Heartbeat or to donate, call 023 8070 6095 email or visit