THE life of American bandleader Glenn Miller will be told in a musical raising funds for a Wirral charity that sends prosthetic limbs to a hospital in Kenya.

Bugle Boy will be staged at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight from August 2-4.

Taking part in the show are the Greg Williams Big Band. There will also be a raffle and bar.

Proceeds will go to Limb Future, a charity set up by David Ruscoe, a bi-lateral trans tibial amputee who had both legs replaced with prosthetic limbs after a motorway crash.

Dave's partner Nikki Cross told the Globe: "Bugle Boy was written by Den Stevenson and premiered at the Gladstone a few years ago. Den has given us the rights to put on the show as a fundraiser for Limb Future.

"So with the help of Greg, his Big Band and members from a variety of local amateur theatre groups we are presenting this wonderful show.

"If you love big band music and a live band on stage then this is a show not to miss!"

The story of Glenn Miller and his search to find his "sound" is told through wife Helen and music will be performed live on stage.

The story follows Glenn through his career, the highs and lows until his disappearance in 1944 during a routine flight ...

The aim of the performances is to raise funds to help Limb Future charity to send prosthetic limbs to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

The Limb Future charity was set up by David Ruscoe following his road traffic accident in 2007.

The 48-year-old, who lives in Neston sustained what, to many, would be considered life-changing injuries in September 2007, when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car in the left lane of the M53.

Dave broke his right wrist, lost 75mm of his right humerus, 40% of right bicep and deltoid.

His right shoulder was also smashed into six pieces, he sustained a neck fracture, broken nose, chipped a tooth and fractured and dislocated all the metacarpals of his left hand.

Recalling the ordeal, he told the Globe recently: "At the age of 36, I had managed to never break any bones then in a matter of seconds I broke several.

"I left about six pints of blood on the motorway but remained conscious throughout, talking to witnesses and paramedics and even the surgeon in the theatre at APH.

"I was put back together there as much as possible and then transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, then Whiston for skin grafts and back to the Royal for a further two months. Then rehab and physio at the RLUH and Clatterbridge limb centre.

"After 18 months the work to save the left lower leg had not worked, it was removed and David became a bi-lateral trans tibial amputee."

But the terrible injuries did not change Dave’s life or ambitions.

He said: "These events do not define me. Life moves on. I received a second prosthetic leg and onwards and upwards.

"Within a month or so I had satisfied DVLA that I could still drive a manual car to retain my unlimited driving licence."

Summing up the importance of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, he said: "Their catchment area covers about 30 million people. Their need for prostheses is profound."

Tickets for Bugle Boy are from the Gladstone Theatre on 0151 643 8757 or


They are available on the night or through messaging the LimbFuture Facebook page.