Staff and patients at Liverpool’s Marie Curie Hospice will be feeling a little extra love thanks to a unique show at the Epstein Theatre.

A Very Liverpool Love Story, which uses the words of late Liverpool poet Sandra Richardson, will premiere on Sunday. All ticket proceedings are being donated to the hospice.

Sandra, who died of stage 4 breast cancer last August, spent the last stage of her life in the Liverpool Marie Curie Hospice.

Sandra Richardson and Clare Beloved
Sandra Richardson and Clare Beloved

Despite her terminal diagnosis Sandra and her wife, Clare Beloved, began fundraising for the hospice.

Ruth Todd, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser in Liverpool, said: “Sandra and Clare’s incredible fundraising efforts for Marie Curie is truly inspiring.

“Without the support of people like Sandra and Clare, staff at the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool couldn’t continue to work on the frontline, providing vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.”

The couple launched a campaign for the hospice, inviting celebrities such as news anchor Jon Snow and poets Benjamin Zephaniah and John Cooper Clarke amongst others to share poetry on social media.

Before her death Sandra had already raised over £21,000 for the hospice, with the numbers continuing to rise. The funds have gone towards a new staff room and new televisions for the patients’ rooms.

The play promises to portray love and hope whilst celebrating the power of creativity and community in times of grief.

Tickets for a Very Liverpool Love Story are available here.


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