FIFTY GIGS IN A DAY 2019 RAISES OVER £300 FOR NORDOFF ROBBINS

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised over £300 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£66 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

Thank you to the following for taking part and helping spread the word on the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity –

ADRIAN BELEW, PAUL CARRACKJARROD DICKENSONBARBARA DICKSONDODGY FAIRPORT CONVENTIONFMFROST*FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, STEVE HACKETTROBB JOHNSON, KAISER CHIEFSKING KINGLETZ ZEPLOST VOICE GUYNINEBARROW, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKENTHOSE DAMN CROWSTHUNDER , YESTHE YOUNG ‘UNS

Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. joined in even though they are not currently touring.

Plus there is still one event to go as author Mark Stay is kindly donating one pound for every copy signed or sold of his new book ‘The End of Magic’, at the official book launch on Friday 15 Februaryat Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/news/imogens-story

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Today is World Cancer Day

Every day, 12 families in the UK will be given the news
that their child has cancer.

On World Cancer Day,
Blake’s mum is asking for your help.

At just three years old, Blake was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He spent months in intensive care and had 18 months of chemotherapy. Blake has been left paralysed from the chest down and with other ongoing difficulties.

But now nine years old, Blake’s in school, he’s a happy little boy and has been stable for over four years. Let’s hope that continues.

Blake’s mum is asking for your help today – to give £12 for the 12 children diagnosed with cancer today.

    Watch Blake’s video   
Monday 4th February is World Cancer Day, when the world comes together to raise awareness and to take action to reduce the devastating impact that cancer has.

Today, 12 families in the UK will be given the devastating news that their child has cancer. To mark 2019’s World Cancer Day, we hope to raise awareness by shining a spotlight on this shocking statistic. Will you consider donating £12 to support young cancer patients and to keep their families together.

               Please give £12 for the 12 children diagnosed today            
Luke was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a very rare cancer when he was just six months old. Luke is now 10 years in remission. Claire tells us their story.Watch Claire and Luke’s video

World Cancer Day – Family Videos

For this year’s World Cancer Day, we asked families affected by childhood cancer to share their stories. They tell us about their journeys and show us why it’s so important to help fund breakthrough research and keep families together.

News – CANCER ON THE ROCKS festival postponed to July

I am sad to say that due to some unforeseen technical issues we have had to postpone Cancer On The Rocks 2019 and move it to July 6th and 7th.

On the plus side it gives us time to implement some changes we wanted to put into this one that were not possible at the time to ensure it is a weekend that you will not forget.

All purchased tickets will be valid for the new event or if you prefer a refund please let me know by email on rick@cancerontherocks.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you in July and rockin your world

COTR Team Jan 31st

Charity News – Get involved in National Essential Tremor Awareness Month 2019

Something that not many may know about the wonderful work the National Tremor Foundation do in helping & supporting people and their families with various tremors. I have an essential tremor (a strange name as I could happily do without it!), which affects both my hands. March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. Read on for more how you can get involved – it can be as simple as putting up a poster in your local GP surgery to raise awareness.

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March is National Essential Tremor Awareness (NETA) Month, and this year the NTF wants to make it bigger than ever.

Last year was the NTF’s fourth year of raising awareness for NETA Month.  This year we are organising more events including an Essential Tremor Awareness Day on the 9 March in Sutton.

NETA month as it’s called in the USA was started by the IETF to raise awareness of essential tremor and has since been growing from strength to strength.

For NETA 2019 we are looking for more people to support us and raise awareness about essential tremor. This could involve talking to your loved ones about essential tremor to actively fundraising for the NTF.

How you can get involved

1) Run an awareness event

Many people will be running awareness events during March to support others and raise awareness. These are a great way to meet others and share experiences. These are low cost and can be held at a local cafe or a pub. If you are interested in running an awareness event please contact us.

2) Donate

The NTF relies on donations, sponsorship and contributions in order to carry out its work. Why not make a donation, today!

3) Raise awareness

We are always looking for ways to help promote the foundation and raise awareness. Download one of our free posters and social media banners here. Why not print some out and bring them down to your local GP or hospital.

4) Gift aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you may be eligible for Gift Aid, meaning for every £1 you donate, the NTF will be able to gain another 28p.

5) Do a sports challenge

Why not do something amazing that you have always wanted to do, such as parachuting, whilst raising funds for charity. There are tons of things you could do from running a 5K to scaling Mount Snowdonia!.

6) Ebay

Sell all your unwanted goods and eBay gives you the option to donate all or a proportion of the money to charity.

7) Get in touch your local community group

Contact your local community group and get them involved. This could be your local U3A, church or art group.

Get in touch if you would like to get involved!

News – MAKE-A-WISH There’s #FeelGoodFriday stories in here!

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Thirteen-year-old Jack loved to play the piano and saxophone, especially with his Grandad, who had a big influence on him. He was offered a scholarship because of his musical talent but, a week before his thirteenth birthday, Jack was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

Read Jack’s story

Jack was told his arm would need to be amputated. Thankfully, pioneering surgery in Austria meant only the damaged part of his arm was removed. Jack can no longer play musical instruments like before, but he’s passionate about composing music! So, he’s turned to us and wishes to own a computer that can help him compose. By sponsoring Jack’s wish today, you can help make his wish a reality!

Sponsor Jack’s wish

Nine-year-old Luke’s good deed

We can’t help children like Jack without the help of our supporters.  Last week we received a very heart-warming letter from nine-year-old Luke who did his own good deed to help seriously ill children. Read his inspirational letter here.

Luke’s letter

“I wish to own a hot tub”

Nine-year-old Ty is living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition causing his muscles to get progressively weaker. Ty’s wish  was the 100th hot tub wish granted in collaboration with the Hot Tub Warehouse! Click here to read all about Ty’s wish and how it’ll make a difference to his life.

News – CANCER ON THE ROCKS FESTIVAL 2019

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You can find out more, including ticket details, here

Oragniser Rick Palin explains more abiut this fundraiser –

I am Rick Palin the MD of Skyfire Promotions Ltd. A company that specialises in promoting new music from up and coming bands through our subsidiaries, Skyfire Interactive, Skyfire Records, Firebrand Radio and Frame Music.
In January 2017 my father went down ill of what we thought was just a bug and over the next 8 months I watched his health decline as he slowly died from Lung and Spinal Cancer. I have to admit it was the hardest time in my life watching him decline day by day and knowing there was nothing I could do to help him.
That is when it hit me. You see these days Cancer is that heavily a used word we treat is as the norm and it is not until you see the devastating effects this horrible disease has on people affected and their loved ones that you truly begin to understand the gravity of this situation.
How did I get through this? honestly, I don’t know but when the time came and I had to hospitalise him my dad was not doing well and I was a complete wreck and it was at that point that my sanity was restored and my dad was made comfortable by the brave men and women of Macmillan.
What these good people do on a day to day basis dealing with death, helping families grieve, helping families deal with the pressure, stress, strain of feeling absolutely useless in the grips of this life taking illness How they cope with looking after so many people I will never understand they are truly remarkable people.
I thought after my Father died of writing them a cheque for a few hundred quid and to be honest that was not enough but I also tried to focus on remembering my dad for who he was and that’s when the idea for Cancer On The Rocks was born.
Our first year we raised £2,500.00 for Macmillan, This year I intend to beat that!
It’s early in the day I know but I want to make a very big point of saying thank you to the musicians, our sponsors, our teams of people, and our hosts for making this an actual reality. To show the love and support for this event that you guys do is phenomenal.

DANDELION CHARM perform free-entry acoustic gig in support of music therapy charity

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF

Date: Friday February 8th 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Free entry.

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Prog folk duo Dandelion Charm will be performing a free-entry acoustic gig as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day, which is taking place world-wide on 8th February 2019 to support the work of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. They will be joined by singer-songwriter duo Milton Hide.

Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm are John and Clare Fowler. They combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in February 2018. The duo’s exquisite studio work has received plaudits from across a range of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk. Clare and John will be joined on stage by guitarist/vocalist Bob Burke.

We are absolutely passionate about the power of music and this gig is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of Nordoff Robbins. Their music therapy work can be life-changing for so many people,“ says Dandelion Charm’s Clare Fowler.

Opening the evening will be Milton Hide who are husband and wife team, Jim and Josie Tipler. Natural storytellers with material that is rooted in folk traditions, they write and perform songs that are strong in melody and full of hooks. Sometimes personal, sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes making a point – but always memorable.

Fifty Gigs In A Day is the brain-child of Jason Ritchie. “The idea was to create a whole host of gigs, events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February. As it was such a success last year I thought why not make it an annual event. This year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up-and-coming bands, artists, comedians and authors – all supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins,” says Jason.

Nordoff Robins are the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people in their own centres as well as care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs.

Donations – for those wishing to support the work of Nordoff Robbins through Fifty Gigs In A Day a Just Giving page has been set up here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigsinaday2019

Find out more here about Fifty Gigs In A Day here: https://therockinchairblog.wordpress.com/fifty-gigs-in-a-day-2019/

Find out more about Nordoff Robbins here: www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Media enquiries to: Darren Johnson

darrenjohnson@crowfliescommunications.com

Website: https://www.dandelioncharm.com/

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