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Family of Hull Legend Joe Longthorne MBE Support Hull Hospitals

Proud ‘Hessle Roader’ and Hull legend Joe Longthorne knew how to make an impression throughout his life and his family and friends are carrying on his charitable legacy by making a donation to the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital.

14th July 2020

Ann White, Joe’s sister said “Originally we wanted to install a statue in Joe’s name in our City as a focal point to enable people to pay their respects to Joe.  However, Covid-19 hit and between us and the kind people who donated, decided we would like the funds raised to go to the NHS to do some good for cancer patients. We decided to split the funds between the five hospitals Joe received treatment over the years.”

Rita Lamey, Joe’s former partner, PA and Fan Club President said, “A total of £4,460 was raised and we felt it important to share this across the hospitals oncology departments.  We are also working alongside the Hull City Council to get a blue plaque placed as a lasting tribute to Joe, and Simon Woolston of Heavenly Services, a long-time friend of Joe’s and the family will feature a dedicated tribute at the business”.

Joe started his glittering  career in television at the age of fourteen, and went on to enjoy a successful career in the entertainment industry which spanned many decades rising to popularity through television series ‘Search For a Star’ and later his own series ‘The Joe Longthorne Show’.  In addition to this, Joe performed numerous times at the London Palladium, featured on the Royal Variety Performance and released three platinum albums.

It wasn’t just his music and impressions that Joe was known for.  Joe dedicated a great deal of his life to raising money for various charitable causes such as The Anthony Nolan Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK.  His contributions were recognised in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours which saw Joe awarded the MBE for his services.

Lisa Whitton, WISHH Charity Manager said, “The donation of £880 will support the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital, which cares for cancer patients across the region, and will be used to benefit patients undergoing cancer treatment.   We are grateful to Joe’s family for their support in his name.”

Other hospitals receiving support include Leeds General Infirmary, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital and Royal Manchester Infirmary.

If you would like to support Hull Hospitals through our charity as Joe’s family have done, contact WISHH Charity Manager Lisa Whitton 07827 881766 or email

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