AN ANNIVERSARY in common inspired a heartfelt plea from one St Michael's Hospice volunteer.

Hospice volunteer Sandra Harling recorded a very special message to her favourite singer, Michael Ball OBE after she discovered he was celebrating his 35th year in showbusiness.

Sandra invited the singer, who is also known for his acting and presenting work, to visit Bartestree based St Michael's Hospice, which is also celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The whole team were stunned when Michael replied to the plea and thanked the hospice for the work they do with a 60-second long video posted on his official Facebook page.

"Wishing you all a very happy 35th Anniversary," the singer said.

"You're all amazing! Hope to see you soon."