Music fan Rowland Taylor Hockley always likes to mark his birthday with a charity gig and this Saturday (November 2) he’ll be celebrating his 70th with a fundraising gig at Syleham Social Club for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).
“This may be my last charity gig so I want to make it a good one,” says Rowland who lives in Harleston. “We’ll have music from duo, Bob and Nick, and singers, Chrissy Southward and Breeze Redwine, as well as karaoke and a disco.
“I chose CLDF because when I was in hospital last year, I got chatting with another patient in my ward who had a terminal illness. I told him about my birthday gigs and he told me about his son who was born with a liver disease and the help they had received from this charity and asked if I would do it to support them.
“The gig will be free to attend and there will be a raffle on the night. I’ve been lucky to have had great support from local shops and business who have donated prizes and I would also like to say a big thank you to the venue, to all the acts who are giving their time and everyone who has helped me make this happen.”
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely on voluntary donations, so we are really touched to hear that Rowland has chosen to do this for us.”
Saturday’s gig takes place from 8pm til late at Sydenham Social Club, IP20 4LT. For further details call 07873 375159.