Banding together for charity
For the second year running, Specsavers in Wells is getting behind a charity concert which this year will help raise money for the Stephen Sykes Appeal.
Two members of the team, Pat Trott and Pam Fisher, will play in the Pink Bra’ss band while the store itself will sponsor the concert which will include supplying the pink polo shirts. The performance, which includes the Wincanton Choir, will take place on Saturday 8 July at 7.30pm in the Town Hall with tickets costing £10.
The aim is to raise money for Stephen Sykes, a 26-year-old trombone player who was a soloist in last year’s concert and who is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Since being diagnosed in February 2016, he’s had six different rounds of chemotherapy, none of which have been successful.
He now needs to reduce his cancer enough for a stem cell transplant but the drug required to do this can’t be funded by the NHS. Stephen’s mum Jo Sykes will also be performing conducting duties on the night while his father, Steve will perform a solo.
Support for Stephen
‘Last year’s concert was such a success and when we knew we were doing a second year we all wanted to support Stephen,’ says Pat.
‘His whole family are such a big part of the brass band community that we were keen to help in any way we could. We’ve even been able to increase the number of people on the stem cell donor register thanks to swabbing stations set up at regional competitions held across the country.
'There has also been a push on social media to get people to upload a video of themselves playing The Acrobat (a trombone solo) in return for a donation to Stephen’s Go Fund Me page.’
A raffle will take place on the night to help further boost the fundraising total and any prize donations from local businesses would be gratefully received.
Tickets for the concert will be available to buy from the Pink Bra’ss Facebook page or in person from Specsavers from Thursday 1 June.