Wed, 14 Sept 2016
A 12-HOUR music marathon in a Newbury pub has raised more than £2,000 for a cancer charity.
Organiser Jo Allen hosted the event at the Old London Apprentice in aid of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The charity supported her family after her nephew was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.
Mrs Allen said that although the wet weather had kept people away, there had nonetheless been a great atmosphere.
“The people that did come had a great time,” she said. “The atmosphere was just brilliant. It was damp but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.”
She praised the musicians who had turned up for the event, on Saturday, August 27, and for the support that had been shown on the day.
One woman with a broken toe and another who was nine months pregnant who “could have dropped at any minute” stayed for 10 hours of the music marathon.
One man braved the elements to dress as Olaf the snowman from Disney’s Frozen, before switching to the menacing Darth Vader and heading into Newbury to hand out leaflets for the event.
“Every time I think about it I’m still smiling,” Mrs Allen said.
“They gave 10 hours of their time without question and were all still smiling at the end of the day.
“I can’t thank people enough for that sort of commitment.”
This year’s event follows the success of a fundraiser held for the charity last year, and landlord Ken Amor decided to make CLIC Sargent the pub’s annual charity. It has raised £2,458 so far and more is yet to come.
“I’m blown away by the amount raised,” Mrs Allen said.
“We are going to do it again next year. Last year we raised £1,500 so we have raised the bar and I know we can equal or double that next year.”
She said that she wanted to repay the charity and the Great Western Hospital, Swindon who had helped her family.
“Without them my brother and his family would have been in a hell of a state. [My nephew’s] fully recovered now.
“It’s a great cause, if they can help any family like they helped mine then great.”
To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CLICMusicevent