Disco Buddies

Social Buddies, is a lively, fun, social club for anyone in their 30s to mid 50s. The club has been running since September 2007 and now has almost 400 members. It is a friendly and popular group with many events each month, mainly in the Middx area.  

Their events include quizzes, pub nights, meals, live music/tribute bands, comedy nights, theatre, cinema, bike rides, badminton and walks to name a few.  

Su - the organiser

RAFT has been in contact with Organiser Su who has very kindly decided that their annual charity disco this year will be in aid of RAFT.

The disco will take place on the evening of Saturday 28th April 2012 at The White Bear pub in Ruislip. Entry will be charged at £5 per person and a wonderful raffle will also form part of the evening, with all profits from the event being generously donated to RAFT.

If you’d like to purchase tickets please contact socialbuddies@gmail.com or you can purchase tickets on the door.

The Soulful Concert - an evening of harmony, beauty and song.

An evening of harmony, beauty and song took place last night at The Soulful Concert at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street. The event was organised by Sister Snog to raise funds through song, for RAFT and The Katie Piper Foundation.

Compéred expertly by BBC London radio presenter Jeni Barnett, more than 140 guests were treated to a full programme of soulful music by four amazing choirs; Sisters of Soul, All The King’s Men, Eden Voices and the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Their repertoires included Empire State of Mind, Edge of Glory, True Colours and Only You.

The choirs, who so kindly gave up their time for free, were thrilled to perform last night. All The King’s Men said they were honoured to be performing to help raise money for two fantastic causes and the London Gay Men’s Chorus said it was a sheer joy to sing together and make beautiful music for two amazing charities.

Ukulele Lady, Sara Spade also performed with a song entitled ‘Beautiful’, which she herself had written. This bought a touch of classic nostalgia to the evening.

Beautiful poems were also read by Sharon Simpson, Katie Piper and  RAFT’s own Ambassador Ferrial Syed. RAFT was delighted to be one of the two charities to benefit from this event, with profits from the night being split equally between RAFT and The Katie Piper Foundation.

We look forward to sharing photographs from the event shortly, along with the final amount that was raised from all the wonderful supporters who attended.

A big thank you to everyone who made this evening possible.

Looking forward to The Soulful Concert Tonight!

RAFT is looking forward to stepping into Spring tonight at St Bride’s Church, for The Soulful Concert, a not for profit event which is being arranged and staged by Sister Snog, one of London’s leading business clubs for women. All profits from the evening are being kindly split between RAFT and The Katie Piper Foundation.

Sisters of Soul, All The King’s Men, Eden Voices and the London Gay Men’s Chorus will be putting on an amazing concert this evening and have so generously given up their time freely to help raise vital funds for both charities.

Sisters of Soul, a choir of smart, sassy business women will be adding a hint of glitz and glamour to the evening. All The King’s Men will be bringing a twist of wit, a pinch of mischief and boundless energy to their performance. Eden Voices will bring together some of the country’s finest female singers, who, when not performing are gracing the stages of the West End, and the Gay Men’s London Chorus will complete the event with a rosuing repertoire peppered with good old fashioned humour.

Look forward to writing tomorrow’s blog on all the highlights from the event.

Welcome Guest Blogger Mike Green from The Alford Silver Band

If you are in Lincolnshire on Saturday 15th October and want a good evening’s entertainment AND to help RAFT, then make your way to Alford.

This tiny historic market town (situated in the middle of the triangle formed by Skegness, Mablethorpe and Louth) might only have a population of 3,500, but it boasts one of the biggest and best bands in the County and beyond. And on 15th October, the band will be giving a show in aid of RAFT at the beautiful and accoustically perfect St Wilfrid’s Church in the heart of the town.

I got involved with RAFT in my “previous life” as Chief Officer of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and in my retirement in Lincolnshire have looked for ways that I could continue to contribute to the charity, even if in only a small way. I can be a bit of a bore talking about the vital research and good work that RAFT engages in. So I was delighted when one of the bands I play for suggested giving a performance dedicated to raising funds for the charity.

Alford Silver Band is not one of the “household name” bands for one very good reason - it does not compete in band contests. It is just a very popular and thus very busy, not-for-profit community band dedicated to entertaining people. We play a huge variety of good music, guaranteed to have something to please everyone. And we provide excellent musical training for youngsters from a wide geographical area. Including the beginners and the training band, we have over 60 members. Many of the musicians, like me, play for other bands as well, some on a semi-professional basis. But the jewel in our crown that makes us as good (and as popular) as we are is our professional musical director.

Steve Walker is a much-in-demand professional trumpet player of international repute. He is also one of the best entertainers in the business. And when I suggested putting on a concert, he replied, “no … let’s give them their money’s worth. Let’s put on a show.” So that’s what we are doing. We guarantee good music. a varied programme with something to suit all tastes, and some laughs along the way. And with an entrance price of just £4 (payable on the door), excellent value too. And every penny raised will go towards RAFT.

There’s more information on the band’s website - www.alfordsilverband.co.uk - so I hope to see you on 15th October. And if you do come, please do say hello to me (I’m the one in the front row, last on the right as you look at the photo!)

Mike Green