Nonagenarian Sonny Warner MBE retires from fundraising after raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for various Manchester charities.
At the age of 95, Sonny Warner MBE has finally brought the curtain down on his fundraising activities. For three decades Sonny raised thousands of pounds for The Fed, then known as The Manchester Jewish Social Services, followed by an eight-year stint working for The Nicky Alliance day centre. Most recently he raised over £11,000 for The Christie Hospital charity. In appreciation for his tireless service, a representative from the Manchester-based cancer hospital presented Sonny with a badge that read: “I did it for The Christie”.
Sonny, who resides in Prestwich, retired from the stage after 50 years in 2009 – when he and his late wife Pamela wound up their much-loved cabaret show. Sonny produced and compered the show – which played at hospitals, clubs, nursing homes and cinemas as far afield as Southport and Blackpool with a mix of song, music, dance and comedy. In 1994, he was presented with an MBE from HRH Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for his services to community.