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Soul gig will have a charity in mind

A BOGNOR REGIS duo are set to bring music and mind together for a charity fundraising gig.

 

Kez Bridger and Olivia Stevens have organised a toe-tapping gig in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

 

Called Keep Me In Mind, the event will feature Grizzly, Ruby and the Revelators, Earl Jackson and Slim Jim and The Wildcards. It will take place from midday to 11.30pm on September 23 at Newtown Sports and Social Club in Greencourt Drive.

 

Olivia said: “I decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because it’s a charity very close to my heart, as my dad was diagnosed with this devastating illness in 2013, and his sister lost her life to this disease.”

 

Kez, from Bognor Regis community organisation Bognorphenia, said she was happy to help out.

 

“We are here to support all ages and abilities and are proud to assist with fundraising for such an important cause to support those in need,” she said.

 

“It’s great to think that we will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia and to fund research to one day find a cure for dementia.”

 

The day will feature a mix of musical styles. Olivia is a member of Ruby and the Revelators.

 

The five-piece soul and blues band have a repertoire which takes the audience from sassy Stax era soul to northern soul to rocking rhythm and blues.

 

They have appeared at many high- profile blues festivals in the UK where they have become renowned for their scintillating performances.

 

Another of the musicians, Earl Jackson, is a well-known figure on the British rock and roll and jive circuits with his band, The Earl Jackson Four.

 

He has made appearances on BBC radio and television.

 

He can also delight audiences with an authentic portrayal of Chuck Berry where his voice, stage presence and powerful performance, coupled with his outstanding guitar playing, bring to life the pounding rhythms of the famous musician.

 

Meanwhile, Slim Jim and the Wildcards will be playing tracks from the 30s to the current day but souped up and swung out to get toes tapping and fingers snapping.

 

Jes Hillicks, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for West Sussex, welcomed Kez and Olivia’s decision to boost the charity.

 

“It’s great that Kez and Olivia are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure.

 

“But, with the right support, people can live well with dementia.

 

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Bognorphenia and Olivia to help us continue our vital work so that the Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”

 

Details about tickets from 07549 963001 or bognorphenia.org.uk

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