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Concert appeal for military bereavement charity

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Former military wife Anne Marie Townsend, who lives in the outskirts of Reading but whose partner lives in Newbury, wants to hold a fundraising concert to bring in much needed cash for national charity Forces Support, which helps service families during times of bereavement.
The support offered by the charity ranges based on individual needs, from building memorial arbours, to decorating children’s bedrooms and garden maintenance.
However, despite having a string of local bands lined up to perform, including The Fire Antz, Andy Robbins and groups from Newbury Rock School, Ms Townsend has been unable to find a location in Newbury to hold the event.
Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News last week, she said: “I’m blessed these guys have come to my aid, but what I really need is a venue. I know times are hard, but im sure if we get enough people interested the venue would benefit.
“We received a phone call from the Big Lottery telling us not to bother re-submitting an application for a grant. They said, in their opinion, the support we give to the families of our fallen heroes would never prove to be as beneficial as from other groups.
“We don't want to cause a fuss for the lottery but we are desperately appealing to the British public to help us.
“I know the pain that families go through when they lose a loved one. I’ve seen first-hand how the world goes on around you but time for you stands still.
“It’s easy to say ‘pull yourself together’, but when eventually you do start living again things may have got so out of hand that you can’t deal with it. A garden that was once a retreat, now looks like a jungle.
“I want to let the families know that we haven't forgotten them.”
Ms Townsend also hopes to find a covers or tribute group and a jazz band to perform, as well as volunteers for help with printing and advertising, and help with sourcing stage lighting and a PA system.
Anyone who can offer their support is asked to email Ms Adams on rietownsend@hotmail.com
For more information about Forces Support, visit www.forcessupport.org.uk

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