Music night will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust

ON SONG ... organiser Jonathan Docherty, centre, with the band Big Red and the Grinners, who are, from left, Paul Chambers, Paul 'Red' Randell, Kieran Dunlop, Richard Docherty (Jonathan's brother, not in the band) and Cortney Dixon.
ON SONG ... organiser Jonathan Docherty, centre, with the band Big Red and the Grinners, who are, from left, Paul Chambers, Paul 'Red' Randell, Kieran Dunlop, Richard Docherty (Jonathan's brother, not in the band) and Cortney Dixon.
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A MUSIC student is hoping his fundraising gig will prove a hit for charity.

Jonathan Docherty has organised a music concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The gig takes place at the Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Friday, April 17.

Jonathan, 22, of Chichester, South Shields, has put together the event as part of his foundation degree in sound engineering at Newcastle College.

He said: “I had to organise a gig as part of the course. It didn’t have to be for charity but I decided to do mine for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“At the time that I started organising it, my mum, Claire, was recovering from cancer and I know the college has done a lot of work with the Teenage Cancer Trust, so I decided to use the gig to raise money for the charity.

At the time that I started organising it, my mum, Claire, was recovering from cancer and I know the college has done a lot of work with the Teenage Cancer Trust, so I decided to use the gig to raise money for the charity.sic

Jonathan Docherty

“I’ve volunteered at some of the events they’ve held before and I’ve seen the work that they do and it’s amazing.”

The gig will be headlined by band Big Red and the Grinners and also include performances from singer Cortney Dixon, blues band Roadhouse, and comedian David Haddingham as compere, as well as a raffle.

The event is also being sponsored by St Michael’s Dental Practice, in South Shields, Newcastle College and the Hyena Comedy Club, in Newcastle.

Jonathan added: “All of the acts are giving their time for free – none of them would take any money.

“All the proceeds are going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and I’m hoping to raise about £2,000.

“I’m hoping to get a big crowd along on the night and that it’ll be a lot of fun.

“I could have just organised the gig at the college but I really wanted to take it one step further.”

Tickets for the 7.30pm cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call 454 1234.

For more information on the event, follow @MusicFestTCT on Twitter.

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