Service users show Jami's got talent

By Jessica Elgot, September 2, 2010

Mental health charity Jami staged an evening of home-grown talent, with seven service users showing off their skills in jazz, singing and poetry.

The talent show attracted a crowd of more than 60 to the Jami premises in Golders Green for a programme including violin and piano pieces.

David Malins, 55, from Colindale, who has recovered from bipolar disorder, read poetry from his self-published book Love Songs of Innocence and Experience and sang If I was a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.

"I also did an Al Pacino speech from City Hall and it was storming. I sold copies of my book to people including a Hertfordshire mayor."

Dressed from head-to-toe in gold sequins, Angela Jacobs, 53, belted out some Dusty Springfield, as well as Hey Big Spender.

"I made my costume from charity shop items," she said. "The audience clapped very hard for me and I really enjoyed performing."

The stars of the evening had spent two months rehearsing with fundraising manager Einat Gilad-Kingsley before taking to the stage in front of friends and family.

Ms Gilad-Kingsley said: "It was a magnificent night. We really wanted to raise Jami's profile and it was a good confidence boost for the people who took part.

"We also had stalls from people from Jami selling homemade jewellery and postcards."

Cakes and coffee were prepared by five Jami BTEC graduates who have just completed a catering course at Barnet College.

Last updated: 11:51am, September 2 2010