Long Sutton charity concert is big success

Mark Wilkinson jazz Quartet
Mark Wilkinson jazz Quartet
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ORGANISERS of a charity jazz concert are thrilled their event has raised £1,200.

Victoria Hampson and her partner Mark Wilkinson held a Candlelight Christmas Jazz Concert to raise money in memory of relatives who sadly lost their lives to the disease.

As well as the musical event at Long Sutton Church Hall, the couple organised a charity auction for Katharine House Hospice, Oxfordshire, where Victoria’s grandfather Brian Hampson (86) was cared for prior to his death from lung cancer. Their second good cause was Marie Curie, whose nurses looked after Mark’s grandmother, Betty Wakeham, who died of breast cancer.

Victoria said: “We raised £1,200, which is absolutely fantastic and much more than we expected. The support and donations mean an awful lot to us and the charities to help continue the care they provide to the terminally ill.

“We had a full house – it was a lovely start to Christmas and the candlelit hall and Carols got everyone in the festive mood.” Music was provided by vocalist Simon Rodgers and Mark’s own band the Mark Wilkinson Quartet.

As well as thanking those who cared for their relatives Victoria and Mark wanted to continue the legacy started by Mark’s mother Annette and her sisters, who have raised more than £44,000 for Marie Curie.

“We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came, made donations and provided the numerous auction and raffle prizes,” added Victoria.

“Special thanks to Annette and David Wilkinson for their expert organisation, as well as band members Simon, Elaine and Lawrence, and Jo Wilkinson and Bonnie Drewry for the mountain of delicious home-made mince pies.”

The couple hope to continue their musical fundraising events.

and are already planning a summer concert featuring the Mark Wilkinson Quartet and East Angles Brass Band.