Virtual gigs for Naomi House children's hospice raise hundreds

Virtual gigs for Naomi House children's hospice raise hundreds

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:27pm 7th April 2020.

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The charity says they'll be carrying on the streamed sessions to keep funding coming in during the coronavirus crisis.

The Naomi & Jack Sessions launched on March 30th with a simple concept.

Artists would give up their time to stream a set of live music on Facebook Live, in return for a donation to the children's hospice.

The first five 'gigs' have brought more than £1,500 in to the charity, so they're continuing with the events for the foreseeable future.

WHO CAN WE SEE?

The line-up for this week includes: 

  • Tuesday 7th April - Helena Mace, a country singer-songwriter
  • Wednesday 8th April - Joe Bradwell, an 18 year old performer from Hampshire
  • Thursday 9th April - Ollie Butler, lead vocalist of alternative rock band, Minus Alive (pictured top), playing a solo acoustic set
  • Friday 10th April - Fugitive Orchestra, a beat-boxing, guitar looping, jazz-infused, bluesy hip-pop artist 
Naomi House and Jacksplace Sessions April 2020 Line-Up

Danielle Celeste, launched this week's gigs last night, with a solo country acoustic set.

Paul Morgan, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: 

"As a charity, the coronavirus has hit us hard, with respite services temporarily suspended and fundraising income coming almost to a complete stop. So we thought, what better way to uplift our communities, staff and families, whilst raising vital funds for our charity, than teaming up with the local music community?! So we're very happy to launch this brand new series of virtual gigs! Music is such a major part of daily life at Naomi House & Jacksplace, and we truly believe it has the power to join us together in these uncertain times."

HOW TO WATCH

You can stream any of the gigs by going to the artists' individual Facebook pages at 8.00pm.

There's also more about the future line-ups for the Naomi & Jack Sessions on the charity's website.

Donations to Naomi House and Jacksplace can also be made directly, to help them while they've had to temporarily suspend respite care for children with life-limiting conditions.

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