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Good reason for rock fundraiser this Friday

Newbury family aiming to raise cash for Friends of PICU

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Good reason for rock fundraiser

A ROCK music fundraiser will be held in Newbury this Friday (December 2) to raise money for a children’s charity.

Rock with Reason has been organised by Newbury resident Jade Sim  in aid of Friends of PICU, which offers support to critically-ill children across the south of England who have been cared for on paediatric intensive care units (PICUs).

Mrs Sim, 28, explained how her nephew, Eliot, suffered a brain haemorrhage at just four days old and underwent emergency treatment at the PICU at Southampton Hospital.

She said: “I think after seeing how ill Eliot was and how amazing the care was from PICU, the whole family just felt compelled to do as much as we can.”

The gig will feature live music from four bands – The Mini Band, Jersey Bones, Fabrics and Juliette – as well as a raffle and charity auction.

The concert, which will take place at New Greenham Arts, forms part of a wider fundraising drive from Mrs Sims’ brother, Newbury musician Jordan Fish, in an effort to raise £100,000 for the charity who helped his newborn son.

Mr Fish said: “After the amazing help we received from Southampton Hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit, I decided I wanted to try and raise some money for them.

“They have a great charity there and they rely on it a lot.

“It’s going to be a really fun night and a good chance to raise some money for the charity in a fun way. We’ve got some good prizes donated by local companies too, which has been amazing.”

All profits from ticket sales and money raised during the raffle and auction will go to the charity.

Prizes to be auctioned off include an Epiphone SG Pro Electric Guitar, a Toni & Guy £75 gift voucher and dinner for two, including bed and breakfast and a bottle of house wine, at The Pheasant Inn, Shefford Woodlands.

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought at the Corn Exchange box office or from the website   http://cornexchangenew.com/events/info/rock-with-reason-in-aid-of-friends-of-picu

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