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It's a grand target for Redditch's Sing for Ukraine charity gig

Ross Crawford 15th Mar, 2022

“LET’S make it £1,000!” – That’s the message from Sing for Ukraine organiser Ros Sidaway after the successful conclusion of her one day event to raise money for the stricken country.

In all 14 bands were in the line-up for the gig, at the Challenge Zone in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre from 1pm to 9pm on Sunday.

It was a format that worked perfectly, attracting a good crowd of fans throughout the day.

“It was a great day and we managed to raise just over £860 from the event,” said Ros.

“I’ve since taken the bucket back to my shop at Vintage Trax and we’re hoping visitors will help make it up to £1,000 by Thursday as I think one of funding organisations is doubling sums for Ukraine before the end of March.”

The gig was born out of a desire from musicians in Redditch and surrounding areas wanting to do something to help the people of war torn Ukraine.

With the help of James Hollamby of Challenge Zone, a venue was found and the event went from there.

Even Covid-19 played a part, one of the bands dropping out at the last minute due to a positive test helping to pull the event back on schedule after it threatened to run over.

“James and his team were fantastic, they worked so hard, got all the gear ready, got the stage set up, everything,” said Ros.

“Then on the day it was really good, there was an ebb and flow of people coming and going which worked well as it meant there was always a new crowd in for donations.”

To add your donation to Ros’s Sing for Ukraine total head for her shop, Vintage Trax, which is in the short alley connecting Church Green East with Redditch College, by 4pm this Thursday, March 17.

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