A Jewish woman from Barnet has kick-started a charitable campaign and realised a lifelong ambition by forming a musical theatre group in memory of her parents.

Catherine Raingold was spurred on to create the Whetstone Musical Theatre Group following the death of her mother Gloria Jones, 69, to multiple sclerosis, earlier this year. Her new project was also founded in memory of her father, John, who passed away from cancer seven years ago.

Catherine Raingold

Catherine Raingold has set up Whetstone Musical Theatre Group

The 41-year-old social worker, said: “I’ve always had a passion for musical theatre. My parents took me to musical theatre from a young age and I’ve performed in lots of local am-dram companies. I’ve always wanted to set up my own company.”

Her parents’ ill health spurred Raingold’s decision to set up the group and help Harrow MS Therapy Centre, where Catherine’s mother benefitted from weekly treatment throughout her 31-year battle with the disease.

“You don’t know what’s round the corner in terms of your health. I thought ‘If I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it.’”

The company’s debut performance, their take on the Sixties musical, A Slice of Saturday Night, opens for a two-night run on November 27 at The Bull Theatre, Barnet.

Details: www.thebulltheatre.com or 020 8441 5010.