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Concert Raises Charity Cash

Concert raises funds for Jo’s Appeal

Published on: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Categorised under: Learn , Barrow, Charity, College, Community, Education

Talented musicians have raised £100 towards the charity Jo’s Appeal in a concert featuring recitals, monologues and songs from the musicals.

Barrow Sixth Form College, the Rating Lane campus of Furness College, held the event in December for students and friends.

It featured a range of performances from piano recitals and poems, saxophone solos to songs from the musicals and classic carols.

Sheila Fawcett, who organised the concert, said it had been a fantastic and very uplifting occasion.

“It was a great concert, very well attended and we’re delighted to raise money for such a worthy cause,” she said. “Jo’s Appeal has touched everybody’s hearts and the money raised will help people in our community who are facing cancer.”

The charity was set up in honour of popular North-West Evening Mail community journalist Jo Davies, who died in August 2015. It raises money for Furness Oncology, St Mary’s Hospice and the Eve Appeal - a national charity which funds research into gynaecological cancers.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the charity, Jo’s mum Norma Halpin said her daughter was a music fan and enjoyed musicals including Cats as well as attending the Kendal Calling music festival.

“Jo loved music” she said. “She played piano up to Grade 6 and she loved going to musicals and concerts.

“We first went to see the musical Cats when she was five and it had just opened with Bonny Langford and Elaine Paige and we went again together just before she died.

“Everybody has been so kind and have now raised over £60,000 for the appeal thanks to everyone’s generosity.”

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