A charity concert supported by Specsavers Wells has helped to raise £3,500 for the Stephen Sykes Appeal.

Two store members took part

Two members of staff from the store, Pat Trott and Pam Fisher, were part of the Pink Bra’ss who performed in front of a 120-strong audience, which included the local mayor, at the Town Hall on Saturday 8 July. The line-up was completed by the Choir, Wincanton and Stephen’s father, Steve who performed a tuba solo, while Stephen’s mum took charge of conducting duties.

‘We had hoped to raise £1,000, so to have more than trebled that is just fantastic, we’re really thrilled,’ said Pat. ‘It was great to all come together and support Stephen and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came along on the night.

Trombone player

'He was also well enough to play in the band himself which was the icing on the cake. As well as raising money through ticket sales, we held a raffle on the night and had a collection bucket on the door.’

Stephen is a 26-year-old local trombone player currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since being diagnosed in February 2016, he has 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, cannot be funded by the NHS. 

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