A BORDERS cancer charity is set for a boost from the vocal and dancing talents of Gala Opera.

Members of the town's Amateur Operatic Society are staging three benefit concerts next month for Lavender Touch.

And hopes are high that the evenings of songs from musicals will raise even more than the £3,000 they collected for the charity at a similar concert five years ago.

Sheila Scott, a trustee of The Lavender Touch, told the Border Telegraph: “We are delighted that Gala Opera are supporting The Lavender Touch through a dedicated three night concert in September.

“Gala Opera held a charity concert five years ago and they raised over £3,000 for The Lavender Touch - we would be delighted if this concert repeats this success."

The Lavender Touch, which relies entirely on donations, funds a team of qualified therapists to provide complementary therapy treatments to people living with cancer in the Scottish Borders.

They also develop and sell products to help people living with the illness.

The forthcoming concerts will be staged in the Volunteer Hall from Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15.

Songs from musicals such as Wicked, Les Miserable’s and Mama Mia will be performed.

Lynsey Cullen, newly appointment President for Gala Opera, added: “Anyone who lives within the Scottish Borders area and has cancer is eligible for treatment through The Lavender Touch.

"We are honoured to be raising money for this local charity by doing what we love - singing and dancing!

"Our audiences are in for a rare treat.

"As well as an exiting selection of songs from shows that we’d like to perform in the future, we also welcome back some original cast members from the past ten years to reprise their favourite numbers.”

Tickets for Gala Opera’s charity concerts, priced at £12, can be bought through cast members or at Edelweiss in Galashiels from 9am on Monday, September 4.