A Band Night is being organised by staff at Sanofi’s Haverhill site in the latest event being staged by the company to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The music jamboree at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday, September 13 - doors open at 7.30pm - features local bands Fenrir, Go.Fly.Win, Umbrella Assassinis, flux 32 and 3 Screaming Popes and as with all the Sanofi-led events is part of their involvement in the Towergate Accumulator Challenge in aid of the hospice.
Much of the Band Night organising has been done by Flux 32 bassist Dave Brittain and Fenrir drummer Ben Brennan, both Sanofi employees, with the aid of Sallyanne Scott, a senior trainer at the company who is overseeing the co-ordination of all the events.
For Dave, the hospice is a cause close to his heart, as he explained: “Unfortunately both my granddads have had to have hospice care at the latter stages of their lives so when you look at places like that which don’t get much funding it’s nice to be able to help.”
Tickets for the night are £5 in advance from the arts centre or £6 on the door.
The Band Night aside. Sanofi has spent the summer holding and organising fundraising events including bake sales, car washes, a video games tournament and more.
Sallyann added: “Everything has been really well supported so far with a lot of staff getting involved – especially in the cake baking and consumption. To date we have raised more than £1,000.
“All in all we will be exhausted by the time this challenge finishes but will really be looking forward to October 1 and seeing how much, as a collective group of challengers, we have raised for the hospice while having fun.
“I never realised that car washing in torrential rain would make so many people smile, but it does.”
A grand finale fundraising evening will also be held on September 20 at Haverhill Golf Club. The night will be an 80s musical extravaganza to mark the Hospice’s opening in 1984.
Prizes for the best fancy dress will be handed out, while there will also be wooden horse racing. Tickets, priced at £10 each, are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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