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Staff and customers at the SPAR store in Forest Hill, Yeovil have raised £175 for a “Gigathon” being held next month to raise funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
When store owner Jan Chant heard about the plan by her son in law, local musician, Matthew Rock to perform 26 gigs in one night in the area, she swung into action behind the good cause.
An Easter raffle and collection raised the money which will go towards Matthew’s £10,000 target.
Matthew (36), a keyboard vocalist, planned the Gigathon after his son James (8) received emergency surgery for a serious bowel condition. The support from the Bristol Children’s Hospital left a lasting impression on Matthew, who became determined to raise vital funds for the resource which serves the whole of the south west.
“I decided to put on 26 gigs in the Yeovil area in one night, which I’ll be doing on the evening of 19 May,” said Matthew. “I will be thinking of James all the way round and will think back to some of the things we have had to deal with. He will be my motivation, and he and my wife Tracy, who works alongside Jan in the SPAR store, will be with me every step of the way”.
“Sometimes people complain about the NHS but when you receive treatment like this and see the dedication of the staff involved, it just makes you realise how good they are.”
Since launching plans for the Gigathon at the start of the year it has gathered huge support, not least from the 26 venues Matthew will perform in over the course of the evening. “People have been fantastic,” he said. “I’ve had online donations, cheques in the post and lots of support through the web site. To raise £10,000 is a massive challenge, but I’m totally committed to it and won’t be stopping until I reach this target for this unbelievable place.”
He added: “Please get involved – everyone. From joining the ever-growing audience, to having a look around the web site, to making an online or text donation, to getting to the venue nearest to you on the night and chucking a couple of quid into a bucket - please help me reach my target. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far, especially SPAR for this great donation. Anyone is welcome to get in touch with me via the web site to ask anything or to help in any way they can.”
Pictured below are Sue Buckley, Jan Chant, Tracy, Matthew and James Rock.
Check out all the information about the Gigathon at www.matthewrock.co.uk where you can view details on how to donate.
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Article updated April 2012
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