World-famours opera singer Russell Watson visits Simon Dunn Chocolatier in aid of Kirsty Howard Charity night.

Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson visited Simon Dunn Chocolatier in May for charity fund raiser Kirsty Howard.

Russell’s visit was commemorated in the sweetest of ways – Simon Dunn made a life-size chocolate sculpture of the world renowned opera star.

Simon crafted the sculpture out of 20 kilos of chocolate, and got a bit of last minute help from Russell too when he arrived at the charity bash, to raise funds for Francis House Hospice in Didsbury.

Russell laughed: "I think the first thing Simon realised when I walked in is that the mouth isn’t big enough. I’ve got a big mouth! But I think it’s very sweet. Literally.

"I tried a bit of my chocolate arm and it was lovely."

Russell was joined at the event by inspirational young Francis House fundraiser Kirsty Howard, the 15-year-old who continues to battle the odds after being born with her heart back to front.

And Kirsty’s cheeky assessment of the sculpture? She giggled: "I think it’s good, but he needs more hair."

Despite the choco-honour, Russell doesn’t eat too much of the stuff to protect his vocal cords – and audiences.

He explains: "I am a fan of chocolate but I can’t eat too much of it because it’s not good for the singing.

"It puts a coating on the vocal cords, so when you hit the top notes you’d end up spreading the first three rows with bits of Dairy Milk!"

Guests donated cash to the charity to have their photo taken with Russell and ‘choco-Russell’ on the night, before the sculpture was demolished at the end for everyone to take a piece of him home!  The event was a huge success and raised £4,720.

Credit: Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News (MEN).