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Big Band fundraiser: a thank-you from Porchlight

From Porchlight’s Community Fundraising Officer, Kate Lumley.

Kate Lumley
Kate Lumley

Thank you so much to Dan Harding, Ian Swatman, the University Big Band and the Music Department for supporting Porchlight with the first concert of Summer Music Week and wishing us a Happy Birthday! The charity’s 40th Anniversary has certainly got off to a great start and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support we’ve received so far. It really is fantastic when local groups and businesses decide to fundraise for the charity (especially when that’s combined with brilliant music-making at the seaside!) because their efforts really help change people’s lives in their community and across Kent and Croydon.

01Last year, Porchlight managed to help over 4,000 homeless and vulnerable people turn their lives around, and this would not have been possible without the generosity of the general public, local businesses and groups like the UKC Big Band. However, the charity is still in need of your help! More people are needing our help while funds are being cut and this is having a direct impact on our services and in turn, how many people we can reach out to. This is best illustrated through the situation with our Rough Sleeper team, who go out and find rough sleepers early in the morning or in the evening to offer them help, which has been reduced from over twenty workers to just six over the space of two years. This means that more people will be facing the dangers of rough sleeping for longer before we can find and help them. The money raised by the UKC Big Band concert could pay for two Rough Sleeper team workers for a day plus two welcome packs for someone moving into one of our supported accommodation projects with nothing of their own.

If you’d like to support the charity and help our services to continue, please check out our website and read about the many ways you can get involved

Helping the homeless: Big Band will be supporting Porchlight next month

As part of next month’s Summer Music Week extravaganza, we are especially delighted to be supporting Porchlight, the local charity providing help for homeless people across Kent. The curtain-raiser to Summer Music Week will see the University Big Band, under the baton of the ever-youthful Ian Swatman, playing on the Bandstand at Deal on Sunday 8 June at 2.30pm  in support of the charity, which this year is celebrating its fortieth birthday.

A great Deal of fun...
A great Deal of fun…

Your loyal correspondent writes more about the event over on the Porchlight website here.

Classics for Charity: Sunday 3 June

This Sunday, the Gulbenkian Theatre is hosting a charity music concert,  including performers from the University, and the first live performance of a new composition by the University of Kent’s Professor Elizabeth Mansfield.

The event, beginning at 3pm, will includes pieces by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, Liszt and that King of the Argentine Tango, Piazzolla.

Details of the concert, and a link to purchase tickets are online here, or tickets can be reserved by phone through the Gulbenkian Box Office: 01227 769 075.

There’s also a Facebook event here, and you can read more about it in the University’s press release here.

The events starts at 3pm, with proceeds in aid of Pilgrim’s Hospice and the NSPCC. Come and be entertained, here a première, all in support of two very worthy causes.