SOUTH Tyneside’s only brass band will be having a blast to raise cash for charity.
Westoe Brass Band, in partnership with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, is looking forward to staging its 12th annual concert at the Customs House on Saturday.
This year’s event is extra special as all proceeds are being donated to Breast Cancer Care – a cause close to band member Claire Harding’s heart.
The 33-year-old was diagnosed with the disease just before Christmas 2012 and wanted to give something back to charity.
Miss Harding, who’s been playing with the band since 2003, said: “Charities like Breast Cancer Care are massively important, as they provide so much help, support and information to people, like myself, who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“I have been helped a lot by the charity. It sent me lots of literature and a record book, so I could log all my appointments. It also has a helpline and website which you can access at any time.
“The charity is so important and I am really pleased we are able to do this concert to raise funds to help.”
The band’s musical director, Jason Smith, is promising audiences will be in for treat.
Mr Smith said: “This is the band’s favourite concert of the year and we always make a special effort to include some music for everyone in the programme.
“This year will be an extra challenge for us, because we are including five pieces that we have prepared for a contest.
“The object of the contest is to find the most entertaining band on the day and it includes some of the country’s leading bands. So not only do we need to entertain, we also need to play our very best.”
Lisa Brown, area fundraiser at Breast Cancer Care, added: “We are delighted Westoe Brass Band is holding a charity concert to raise funds for us.
“In the UK someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes, so the demand for our free services is huge.
“The fundraising efforts of groups such as Westoe Brass Band are hugely appreciated and ensure we can continue our life-changing work.”
Concert tickets cost £7.50 and are available from the Customs House box office by calling 454 1234.