Preview: Cowbell Charity Social

If you’re looking for a way to get your February underway with a bang, look no further. The now famous Cowbell Social returns on Saturday  1 February 2014 at Blackpool Cricket Club, and this time they have a special mission – raising much needed cash for the Special Care Baby Unit and Blue Skies charity at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Geraldine Faber
Geraldine Faber

The woman who came up with the idea is Geraldine Faber, whose son Noah was born ten weeks prematurely in June last year. She said:

My son was born on the Neonatal Unit ten weeks prematurely and he is now disabled and on oxygen twenty four hours a day. He also has heart problems because he was born so early and weighed only 2lb 13oz.

I got quite close to some of the mums who were also on the Unit. The treatment we received was fantastic, you couldn’t beat it.

I approached high end businesses for raffle and auction prizes and we have some great prizes like a photography session worth £1,000, diamond jewellery, signed football shirts, beauty and fitness vouchers. We’ve been really well supported by local businesses.

Hopefully we will have quite a few people attending. There will be people from the Blackpool Victoria Hospital and other mums who were on the Unit. It’s the first time I’ve organised an event like this so I’m a little anxious but I’m excited.

Heading up the entertainment side of things is Mark “Chinny” Davis, the mastermind behind Cowbell Radio and the supremely popular Alfresco. He said:

There will be music all night from the Cowbell DJs who are all giving up their time for free and we have a vocalist, Louise Spiteri, who will also be performing.

We do lots here at the cricket club and we like to support local charities. The venue has also given us permission to do the event for free, and they have to pay for things such as the security, so that everything we raise can go straight to charity.

Bringing you the usual superb selection of music will be the Cowbell Radio DJs, playing everything from ska to indie, reggae to soul and everything in between. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, there are a host of raffles and auctions to give you a chance to bag yourself a treat while putting your hand in your pocket for a great cause.

Tickets are just £5 and are selling fast so with just over a week to go you should get in quick before you miss the boat!

Cowbell Charity Social takes place Saturday 1 February 2014 from 7.30pm to 2am. Tickets are available online via the Facebook event or from the bar at Blackpool Cricket Club.

For more information about Blue Skies go online to blueskieshospitalfund.co.uk or follow them on Twitter: @BlueSkiesFund

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