Charity Band Night

By kind permission of the Stn Cdr RAF High Wycombe, Gp Capt Mark Heffron, the first RAF High Wycombe Charity Band Night was staged by Serco, ESS and the Smithy’s Committee at  the newly renovated Oakeshott Centre, In the welfare hub on 3 Site.

The Band Night originally stemmed from the desire of SERCO staff at Halton to continue to support Iain Rennie, the hospice charity, which has, in the past, provided essential assistance to some of our colleagues. All proceeds from the night were split 50% to Iain Rennie, 50% to the RAF Benevolent Fund (Stn Charity). The theme was “Rock Gods and Rock Chicks” and some of us elected to dress up, as you can see from the photograph.

Flt Lt Craig Hodgskinson organised 3 bands for the night. The evening kicked off with The Lost Weekend, an indie/punk band, to get the crowd warmed up (deafened), followed by an outstanding set by Rupert and the Ginger Pig. Ultimately, Craig’s band, Southbound, got the crowd on the dancefloor and singing along. All in all, it was a fantastic night of music. The Oakeshott Centre is a great venue for live music and we are hoping that this event will encourage bands to return to High Wycombe to play, (look out for the RAF live music showcase coming soon – Ed.)

ESS put on drinks and food at cost price, enabling us to raise a significant amount for the two charities, and their support is very much appreciated. The new mobile bar worked really well in the venue and total proceeds from the bar and door sales amounted to over £1,000, including £75 from the sale of RAF Benevolent Fund wrist bands.

The Smithy’s Committee were key to the success of the evening, as they provided all the organisation of the venue, insurance and vital marketing of the event. In particular our thanks go to Sgt Rachel Preston and Cpl Neil Horton from the Smithy’s Committee, Flt Lt Craig Hogskinson for organising the bands, Greg Joseph, from Supply, for providing an excellent disco, Julie Keates for coordinating ticket sales and Tesh Varia, from RPC, for designing the fantastic posters and tickets.

The success of the band night builds on our successful Cake Bake Day at RAF Halton, where we raised a similar amount for Iain Rennie. If you have any ideas of future money-raising events for this charity let us know – it costs £30 for every hour a nurse supports a victim of cancer, so our support really makes a huge difference.

By Jane Akazi, Contract Director