A singing vicar is swapping the pulpit for the stage in order to bring a touch of Magic to a charity that helps people with brain tumours – and she wants you to join her.
The Revd Cath Spence, associate priest of the Loddon Reach Benefice of churches, will be performing at a special fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, November 15.
For people who donate at least £25 on top of their ticket price, they can join the Magic Band on stage for a moment of fame, be it singing or performing with the band.
Taking place at Swallowfield Village Hall, the evening of fun will see her front The Magic Band as they aim to raise an impressive £2,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity.
The dinner dance starts at 7pm and includes food, a raffle and a silent auction as well as a performance by the group, which has been performing together for two years. The group previous appeared at the Royal County Show, giving a set at the BBC Radio Berkshire bandstand.
All money raised will go to The Brain Tumour Charity. More than 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.
The charity aims to raise £2.5m this year for its research and Cath wants to play her part.
She said: “We desperately want to raise as much as possible for the charity. The band always gives its services free and some every ticket really counts.”
Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.
“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like The Magic Band that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”
Tickets for the gig cost £20 – or, for an additional donation of at least £25, you can join the band on stage. For more details, click here.
There is plenty of parking at Swallowfield Village Hall and the postcode for Sat Navs is RG7 1QX.