The Rotary Club of Derby Mercia have engaged the local talents of Derwent Brass to help fundraise for a cause close to their hearts.
Richard Gillmore, the current president of the Rotary Club of Derby Mercia, is no stranger to brass music having played with Cardiff Canton Salvation Army, studied at the Cardiff College of Music and Drama and later becoming Bandmaster at Morriston Salvation Army and finally Derby Central Salvation Army.
After joining the Rotary Club of Derby Mercia a few years ago Richard’s wife Sally sadly passed away and was assisted over the last difficult period by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Derby Nightingale Macmillan Unit.
A spokesperson from Derby Mercia Rotary Club commented: “We wanted to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support to express our utmost gratitude for the amazing care shown to Sally. It only seemed natural to organise a charity concert to do this and who better to turn to than the talents of local leading Championship Section band Derwent Brass.”
The event will take place in Derby’s famous cathedral on Saturday May 27th with proceeds being divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and Children First of Derby.
“Derwent Brass are delighted to be part of this concert, to support Richard and the Club and of course to help raise funds for charity. In recent years the band have supported Macmillan Cancer Support directly, but prior to this we also raised over £28,000 for the Friends of the Derby Nightingale Macmillan Unit alongside one of our patron’s Roy Poole. It is therefore very fitting for us to be involved in this poignant event and we wish the Club every success for this fundraiser and all those in the future.” (Chris Leonard, Band Manager).
The second charity to benefit from the evening is Children First of Derby, established in 1974 the charity works with children, young people and families to make a positive impact in their lives and the local community.
You can find out more about this event by viewing it in our diary here.