Derby students to stage cancer charity gig

University of Derby Students Imran Khan and Mollie Ralph have brought together new and emerging musical talent from around East Midlands to perform live in the city in aid of a charity that helps young people suffering from cancer.

The gig on November 4, at the Students Union Bar, 67 Bridge Street, Derby, is aimed at promoting the Lincolnshire-based charity Sophie’s Journey more widely in the Midlands. This event will be followed by another at the Maze, Mansfield Road, Nottingham on November 29.

Entry is free, however donations are welcome and raffle tickets can also be purchased on the night. Prizes include two tickets to a Derby County Match, wine, Boots products, Nottingham Family Ice Skating, Photo Nottingham family professional photo session, Jongleurs and Glee Comedy Night tickets and Nottingham Theatre Royal tickets.

Music starts at 7pm with harpist Anna My Charlotte, who has played regularly on the Leicestershire music scene, in her native Wales, at the Malt Cross Festival and as part of Rafters and Ringing with her friend Melanie Page. Melanie released her last album the Wild Grey Blue at the start of the year and will performing her third set for the event.

Next up will be Loughborough-based singer/songwriter Paris Alexander, who has had a busy summer performing at Nottingham’s Acoustic Rooms, Hallaton Festival and DH Lawrence Festival with Roots Music. The 20-year-old musician is soon to release her first EP Brave Faces.

Derby musicians Sophie Anna and Michael Upton will debut for Sophie’s Journey. Sophie Anna completed her tour with Scorpio Promotions last month, taking in dates as far as Stockport, Boston, Kings Lynn and Scarborough alongside venues in the East Midlands following the release of her EP Illusionist. Michael lately performed at the O2 Arena in a competition supporting Razorlight and hosts the Open Mic at Bishops Blaise.

The evening will end with a performance by University musician Louis Hudson.

The event in Nottingham will feature Mollie Ralph, Chloe Rodgers, Bonbinome, Siobhan Mazzei, Rosie Abbott, Paris Alexander, Jake Burns and Warren Ireland.

Pictured above are Michael Upton, Paris Alexander, Mollie Ralph and Chloe Rodgers

Sophie’s Journey was the name given by 12-year-old Sophie Robinson to her facebook community page, to document her two-year battle against Medulloblastoma, which she did to help children who may go through the same experience in the future.

The page also became a focus for Sophie’s fundraising. Before she died in January 2016 she raised £50,000 for causes connected to childhood cancer.

After her death Sophie’s mother and fundraising partner registered Sophie’s Journey as an official charity with the mission statement to provides free holidays for children, teenagers and their families around the U.K living with cancer, at a static caravan at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Mablethorpe.

Sophie’s Journey has enjoyed a successful year with the caravan so popular that 2017 was fully booked. The charity is now raising money towards a second static caravan, which will be fully compliant with DDA standards and adapted to suit the needs of all children going through cancer.

For more information to any of the following

Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/140701960004377/

Sophie’s Journey https://www.facebook.com/SophiesCancerJourney/

Sophie’s Journey @ The Maze http://www.themazerocks.com/gig/acoustic-evening-in-aid-of-sophies-journey

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yPCNkUHoR0&feature=share

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