BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Helping us Raise the Roof

This is BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Paul Stainton, Big Day Out headliner Paul Potts and some of the Thorpe Hall team backstage in Cathedral Square.

And what a Big Day Out it was.

Even before the Thorpe Hall marquee was set up there was a queue for the tombola. Americana folk musician Adrian Duffy provided the perfect start to the stage entertainment and was followed by the sublime Fenech Soler. The One Eyed Cats rocked and rolled their way through a set that was impossible not to jig along to. Peterborough's Guildhall provided the perfect backdrop to the stunning music provided by Take Note Community Choir and Peterborough Voices with Sing for Life women. Meanwhile in Queensgate the Tardis, a legion of Cybermen and officers from earth protectors U.N.I.T. were drawing in the crowds and the cash, with young Whovians keen to experience 'time travelling' for themselves. On stage, Thorpe Hall staff explained just why everyone's help is needed to Raise the Roof, presenters Paul Stainton and Sue Marchant performed their unique version of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' hit Islands in the Stream, and Nick Carter and Jane Smith did a fantastic job compering. Dance act Goldstar took the energy levels up in preparation for the arrival of Britain's Got Talent's first ever winner and now internationally acclaimed tenor Paul Potts. With shadows falling across the Guildhall in the evening sunshine Paul's rendition of Nessun Dorma provided the perfect ending to Big Day Out, raising the roof in every way and persuading people to part with their cash for an incredible cause.

Photographer Claire Borley was on hand throughout the day. You can see a gallery of images here.

Raising the Roof

Your support so far has been amazing.

We have raised an incredible £2,718,408. 


We'll be starting building work on the new Thorpe Hall Hospice on September 1.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is supporting us to Raise the Roof. Please join us.

You can donate right here on the website or click the pink button. 

Find out more about our events

Get some fundraising ideas

Or speak to our fundraisers about getting your business, friends, neighbours or family involved. Call them on 01733 593600 or email

Coming up on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Stay tuned in to hear more exciting news from Thorpe Hall.

Listen again to Thorpe Hall on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Listen here at 1:43 to hear Dolly McLeod reveal our new appeal total!

Do something incredible

There are plenty more opportunities to help us Raise the Roof over the coming weeks and months. But you don't have to wait for us - why not organise your own event? Get your workplace to stage a dress down day. Join forces with your neighbours to organise a fun day. Arrange a quiz night with your community group.  And don't forget to tell us about it so we can include it on social media - and mention it on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire!


You'll start to see the walls going up as our vision for the new centre takes shape.