Charities benefit from chairman's concert
THREE charities have benefited to the tune of more than £2,400 thanks to a concert held by the Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council.
Country For Old Men brought their own brand of Americana, funk, country and blues to the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot. They were joined on stage for a selection of songs by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band legend “Legs” Larry Smith.
More than 170 people enjoyed a packed two-hour concert featuring original songs peppered with country takes on hits from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Felix Bloomfield, Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, also joined the musicians onstage to play a cowbell on the last number.
Cllr Bloomfield said: “I was delighted with the entertainment and the support we received from the performers and the Cornerstone Arts Centre. Everyone had a fantastic time and really dug deep for the charities.
“The Richard Burns Foundation, The Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children and Compassion in World Farming will take a share of the proceeds raised."
The Richard Burns Foundation was founded after the death of the British 2001 FIA World Rally Champion. Richard died in November 2005 from an astrocytoma which is a form of brain tumour. The charitable Foundation that acts in his memory has consolidated its mission in a new development to help the Brain and Spine Foundation create a nationwide network of brain centres in the UK.
The Chiltern Centre helps disabled children and young people to live life to the full, while supporting their families in their vital role of caring. The charity exists to help families with a disabled child enjoy the everyday experiences most take for granted. For seven years the centre has been supporting eighty five families from across the Thames Valley and South Oxfordshire by providing short break stays and day-care for children and young people with disabilities.
Compassion in World Farming was founded over 40 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming. Today they campaign peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices.