First all female brass band raises funds for charity
Two members of the team from Specsavers Wells were part of the West Country's first all female brass band when they performed at their first concert, raising £1,500 for Breast Cancer Now.
Along with local women Sharon James and Heather Ackerman, Pat Trott and Pam Fisher, who work at the store, created Pink Bra'ss who played to more than 160 people, which included the Mayor of Wells, in the Town Hall. Thanks to ticket sales, a raffle held on the night and generous donations, the group raised £1,500 for the cancer charity.
'It was a truly fantastic evening and we were overwhelmed by the support from everyone who came to watch,' said cornet player and Specsavers assistant manager, Pat. 'We thought we might raise £1,000 so to have raised the amount we did is just brilliant - a huge thank you from all of us!’
From the moment the first note was played the town hall was buzzing. As well as the band’s performance, soloists Stephen Sykes, Beverley King and Steve Sykes also took to the stage which made for a fabulous evening.
The band was lead by conductor Jo Sykes, who is also musical director for Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band and The Choir in Wincanton. All members of Pink Bra'ss wore pink polo shirts provided by Specsavers in Wells and Portishead.
‘We'd been rehearsing hard in the lead up but it was all worthwhile in the end and everyone looked the part thanks to the pink polo shirts,’ explained Pat.
The next concert is already being planned and will be aid of the cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath with details to be announced soon. If you would like to show your support for the band, you can make a donation here.