Charity music night

Pictured is Jane Nichols ( Fundraising Chairman - Danetre Rotary Club ) who has organised a musical evening at the iCon centre, to raise funds for the Pete Spencer's Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

Pictured is Jane Nichols ( Fundraising Chairman - Danetre Rotary Club ) who has organised a musical evening at the iCon centre, to raise funds for the Pete Spencer's Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

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A concert organised by 
Danetre Rotary Club will be biddings to raise funds for Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

The performance by Eric Darlington and the John Cleveland Band based in Leicestershire will be taking place at the iCon building on Eastern Way, Daventry on Saturday March 9.

The John Cleveland band are a group of versatile musicians under the diretion of band leader Eric Darlington, they have an extensive range of performance styles designed for a wide range of occasions.

They normally play as a 25-piece ensemble and have been performing to sell-out audiences across the UK for the last 30 years, They have come up with songs based on the hits of Glenn Miller, ABBA, James Last and songs from popular West End hit musicals.

But it was a performance closer to home which attracted the interest of organisers.

Jane Nichols, fundraising chairman of the Rotary club, said: “They did a concert based in Norton and I noticed a lot of people coming out of the venue with smiles on their faces.

“What surprised me is that there was a lot of young people as well who also enjoyed it.

“One of our members who lives in Norton went to the concert reported this back to us and we thought we would organise this event.”

The event was originally organised as a fundraiser for Danetre Rotary Club however when the Santa Sleigh collection went better than they expected, they turned their attention towards helping out another local good cause.

Jane added: “We looked at the Santa Sleigh and all of the people who helped us out over in that period and the charity helped out a lot over that time.

“When we do fundraising events, the first question we ask is who are we fundraising for and while there are certain charities we help on a national level, if we are fundraising locally, we like to donate the funds to a local charity and Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund is a good cause and ticked all of the boxes.

“I would hope people will come along and have a good night and100 per cent of the profits will go the fund.”

Helping Hands was set up by former Daventry Express photographer Pete Spencer back in 1980. However when he died suddenly in February 2005, the charity was refounded by his son and current Daventry Express photographer Ian Spencer as Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund. It pr ovides help for seriously ill and disabled children in the community.

Ian said: “All of the good work that we do as a charity can only be carried out thanks to all of the support and generosity of people in the local community.

“The hard work of everybody involved in putting on this event is greatly appreciated.

“A big thank you to Jane and everyone at Danetre Rotary Club for supporting Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund.”

Doos open at 6.45pm and music starts at 7.30pm. Call Jane on 07889 111767 to book tickets at a cost of £10 each. Alternatively people can bring cheques only into the Daventry Express office.

Visit www.johnclevelandband.co.uk for more on the band.