Classical Comedy - an Evening of Music and Laughter

9 October 2012, 19:03 | Updated: 20 January 2017, 10:17

In April 2007, three generations of the same family were struck by a terrible tragedy. Grandmother Elizabeth Panton was killed after being hit by a bus in South London and her granddaughter Pollyanna Hope, then two years old was so badly injured that her leg had to be amputated below the knee. Sarah Hope, Elizabeth's daughter and Pollyanna's mother was also seriously injured.

Through this tragedy, the family discovered what it means to receive the best care in the world, and the fantastic care that Pollyanna receives inspired Sarah Hope and her twin sister Victoria Bacon to set up the charity Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope in memory of their mother.

"Since that tragic day, we started to think, about the thousands of amputee children in the world who suffer terribly - often being deprived of an education as a consequence - so we set up our charity to help as many of these children as we can." Co-founder of Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, Victoria Bacon.

Classic FM's Lucy Coward spoke to Victoria Bacon and pianist Alex Ainley about the work of the charity and their forthcoming fun filled concert, An Evening of Music and Laughter at the Piano with Alex Ainley which takes place on Friday 19th October at the Radlett Centre in Hertfordshire in aid of Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope. A lawyer by day, Alex Ainley is also an incredibly gifted pianist and alongside lots of laughter he will perform musical favourites from Chopin, Strauss, Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Tickets for the event are £10 and can be booked via

To find out more about Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope (charity no. 1141287) visit

Listen to Classic FM's interview with Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope here:

Listen to Classic FM's interview with Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope here

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