Boobs & Brass at St. Peter’s Church, Warmsworth, Doncaster on Saturday, 30th July 2016

For Alan Needham
For many months I had followed the story of Alan Needham’s illness, since his diagnosis of having a brain tumour. I was inspired by his determination to do `battle` with `Tommy the Tumour` and fight it at all odds with sheer grit and a  wicked sense of humour.
Knowing that Alan was raising funds for Brain Tumour Research, I felt that there was an opportunity for “Boobs & Brass” to contribute towards this and within no time at all, the `up north` girls had committed to being up for a concert – a lot of the girls having known Alan for many years.
After much organising by Maxine Davison and Rosey Somerset, over fifty ladies and several men (who particularly wanted to be involved having played in a previous charity band raising funds for Alan`s cause) filled the walls of St. Peter`s Church with some incredible sounds, under the direction of Brian Rostron plus Alan himself, who conducted a couple of numbers.

The audience were treated to some stunning playing, especially from the soloists- Vicki Kennedy (You Raise Me Up), Sally Thorburn (In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning), Toni Durrant and Daniel Jackson (duet Softly As I Leave You), Louise Belton (Mike Kilmartin`s Bonny Portmore) and Jane Andrassy (Demelza)
The rest of the programme was filled with light, well known pieces including, what has now become the band`s signature tune, I`ll Walk With God, which was dedicated to fellow bandsman, Jim Hartley, who had sadly passed away recently. His wife Jude, a member of Boobs & Brass, due to her tragic, unforeseen loss was not able to be with us but our thoughts were with her and her family.
As I mentioned earlier, Alan took the baton and directed the band through American Trilogy and Simoraine.
During the interval, refreshments were on offer, including amazing, delicious cakes, baked and donated by band member Leisa Mallalieu-Ingam. Fantastic – thankyou Leisa!

Everyone very generously supported the raffle which consisted of 30 fabulous prizes – all of which were donated to us for the cause. Our thanks go to everyone who gave a prize.
During the second half of the concert, the mathematicians arrived at a figure of £1,533 which they anticipated had been raised during the evening but shortly afterwards, I received a message from one of the `Midlands Boobies` who, sadly, lost her beloved brother eight years ago having suffered with a brain tumour. She informed me that she had transferred £250 to our bank account and requested that we donate it to the brain tumour charity, together with the other funds raised from the evening. Our sincere thanks and thoughts go to this wonderful lady – you know who you are!!!!
Unfortunately, Alan had to leave before the end of the concert due to feeling unwell and needing to return home to take medication. However, his brother Ray, who is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, was able to accept a gift on his behalf – a yellow rose, specially named `Alan Needham`, from all his banding colleagues. We hope that this will be an addition to the lovely garden that Alan and Sarah have created together.

The evening’s entertainment concluded with a rousing version of Radetsky together with audience participation.
We would also like to convey our thanks to:-
Kimcoh Properties – HMO Managements and Room Lets
Co-op Funeral Care, Rossington
St. Peter`s Church, Warmsworth
All Band members and Brian Rostrun
The “Boob Crew”
Our Audience
Without the help – physical and financial – of all of you, this event would not have been the success that it was.

“Together, we can make a difference”

The Final Result:
Brain Tumour Research (1153487) -  £1075.00
Breast Cancer Now (1160558)       -  £825.00


 



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