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Band tuning up for a fundraising night of music and food to help elderly

Ross Crawford 25th Mar, 2018 Updated: 26th Mar, 2018

A CHANCE to listen to some great music, have a bop, enjoy a buffet and raise some money for a good cause is being held on April 13.

Tribute band Sub-Zero are playing Studley Road Social Club in Redditch, backed by a disco, in aid of local charity Contact the Elderly which is on a mission to combat loneliness in the town’s senior citizens.

“We have guests who are living on their own and who for the most part don’t see anyone else,” said band member and Contact the Elderly champion Sally-Ann Eaton.

“They have no social inter-action just the prospect of the hours of the day stretching ahead of them, yet loneliness is recognised as one of the biggest causes of ill health in this country.”

Contact the Elderly Redditch & Bromsgrove organise tea parties and trips for isolated old folk and the effect, said Sally-Ann, can literally be life changing.

“When you talk to our guests it really brings home to you the importance of having something to look forward to, the chance to go out and meet and make friends, relax, and have a bit of fun.

“We organised a trip to Weston and for many people it was the first time in a long time since they’d been at the seaside, some for 20 years or more,” she said.

Brownie groups and schools like Beoley First School also back the scheme as it has been found the elderly and young can quickly build bonds of friendship.

However trips and tea parties cost a lot of money, not only for coach hire but also wheelchairs and scooters.

This is where Sub-Zero come in; a tribute band formed by colleagues at Honeywell Hymatic, they play anything from the last 60 years, from The Beatles to George Ezra.

Tickets for the gig, which starts at 7.30pm, are just £5 and include the buffet which will be provided by volunteers.

Every penny raised will go to Contact the Elderly to help keep local senior citizens in the best of health.

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