Band-ing together for two good causes

FUNDRAISING GIG ... above, Straightshot, and insets, from top, The Chord Thieves, Saving Grace and The Cheesemakers.
FUNDRAISING GIG ... above, Straightshot, and insets, from top, The Chord Thieves, Saving Grace and The Cheesemakers.

SOUTH Tyneside music lovers have struck a chord with a pair of good causes after hitting a high note at a fundraising gig.

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, in St Nicholas Street, West Boldon, took centre stage as a quartet of borough-based bands raised hundreds of pounds at a charity night in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Genesis Research Trust, which is dedicated to tackling health problems during pregnancy for both women and babies.

Every penny and pound has now been counted from the event, held earlier this month, with the two charities sharing the £630 spoils.

The gig was organised by Chris Ogilvie, a member of Saving Grace, one of the bands playing on the night.

Fellow South Tyneside bands The Chord Thieves, The Cheesemakers and Straightshot also performed during the free event, with Boldon businesses supplying prizes for a raffle.

A customer at The Wheatsheaf also raised £65 with a sponsored ‘moustache wax’.

Mr Ogilvie said: “I hope to organise another charity event sometime (in the warmer part) of next year. I am grateful for the support of family and friends, and for the generosity of local businesses who donated prizes.

“The businesses who donated are Cineworld, Boldon Body Forge, Boldon Motor Shop, Boldon Newtown Post Office, Premier Sunrise Discount Store and East Boldon, George H. Pickings Butchers, Sainsbury’s, Mono Hair & Tanning Salon, Village Pharmacy, The Coffee Station, Mrs T. & Cakes, punk band Crashed Out, courtesy of Viking Tattoo Studio in Jarrow and Northumbrian Water.

“Ritchie Hoyle, Roy Chubby Brown’s tour manager, has also donated two complimentary tickets including a meet and greet before a show in February.

“Thanks go to the bands who took part: Rob Newby and Graeme Dunford, The Chord Thieves; Andy Ferguson, Jim Crossley and Geoff Rose, The Cheesemakers; Kev Reid, John Mortson, Trevor and Agnieszka Wood, four fifths of Saving Grace, without you, the fifth member, namely me, couldn’t have played. And finally to Ged Marley, Michael Kevin Hayes, Brian Morton, Rory Skiddaw and Richie Mayer for the use of PA and bass equipment. A special thank- you to the Colthorpe family, also Janet, Les and the rest of the staff at the Wheatsheaf.”

A Cancer Research UK spokesperson said: “That is a fantastic amount raised, Mr Ogilvie should be really pleased with that.

“£300 buys a thermostat controlled ‘water bath’ that our scientists use almost every day to monitor the temperature of their experiments and ensure results are accurate. Precise experiments are vital to ensure our groundbreaking research is reliable and leads to advances in beating cancer.”

A Genesis Research Trust spokesperson said: “What a fantastic amount, thanks to Mr Ogilvie for supporting Genesis Research Trust.”