Donation from Amy Gier Bland

Way back in the early days of Boobs & Brass, we were amazed to find that `the word` had spread across the pond and a lady who lives  in Newark, Delaware sent me an email on 26th July 2008 – yes I still have all her correspondence! -  to  express her admiration for what Boobs & Brass were doing.
Amy had sadly lost her beloved mother to this horrible disease, breast cancer, and she said she would love to support us somehow in what we were doing. Being a tenor horn player with Atlantic Brass, Amy quoted “wouldn`t it be amazing if I could actually play with Boobs and Brass one day”. My response – “well you can, just get on a plane and come over!!”
Amy was stunned by this reaction, but once convinced that it was a genuine offer, she started making plans to fly over and join us for the Whit Friday Marches on 5th June 2009.
A new friendship was born – not just for Boobs & Brass, but for me personally. Many emails were exchanged to sort out arrangements and obtain information from each other – including vital statistics to make sure the pink  jackets  were going to fit.
Anne & Amy
When that time arrived, Keith collected Amy and another American lady, Anne Erikson who played with Princeton Brass Band, on the Wednesday morning before our trip to the Whits. We wanted to make Amy and Anne`s trip to the UK worthwhile so we packed as much as we could into those two days.  The first night, Rushden Windmill Band welcomed them to play at their rehearsal and gave Amy an opportunity to play `Over The Rainbow` which she was going to play on a concert later in the week with the `Boobies`.  On Wednesday we did a trip to London to see Buckingham Palace,  Changing of The Guard, RAH, a go on the Eye, Harrods – back home for fish and chips and then zoomed off to listen to  GUS`s rehearsal. Poor girls – they had not had time to get over their jet lag and we were dragging them here, there, and everywhere.
Then the day arrived!! A bus trip up to Denton where we were all accommodated at The Premier Inn , a quick rehearsal on `Here Come The Girls` and Irresistible` and off we went. Then came the rain!! 

The wettest Whits in thirty odd years. Did it bother us? No !!! We may have looked like `drowned rats` but nothing could dampen our spirits – especially when these  two very fine players had travelled so far just to be part of our team. It was just fabulous. We played at the Piece Hall, Halifax on the Saturday afternoon and then another concert on that evening.
Amy playing her solo
After that, we had to say our goodbyes to Amy and Anne and we  headed for home. Some very kind bandsmen returned Amy and Anne to the Premier Inn and on Sunday,  the manager from there, very kindly drove them to Manchester Airport for their return flight. They must have been absolutely exhausted!!!!

Since then, we have kept in touch and Amy is an avid follower of Boobs & Brass.
She was saddened to read the news about Boobs & Brass coming to an end next year and expressed a wish to make a donation to our charity and hoped that it would inspire others to do the same. She also wants to honour her sister who has just had a double mastectomy. Amy and her other two sisters also carry the BRCA  1/2  gene. Their beloved mum and aunty both had breast cancer. Let us all pray that Amy and her other two sisters will not encounter this horrible disease.
Amy, your £500 donation is more than generous and I know that it will be put to good use by Breast Cancer Now. On behalf of everyone connected to Boobs & Brass – THANK YOU AMY – we will never forget the 2009 Whits and the massive commitment you gave by coming and  joining us. We were truly honoured!
This now leaves us only just over £4,535 short of completely funding  our ninth research project.
Maggie x

Click HERE to read our letter from America - a write up from Anne & Amy's visit in 2009