Af­ter­noon of mu­sic sup­ports man’s med­i­cal costs

Bev Sh­effield, who nor­mally helps oth­ers, takes his turn re­ceiv­ing sup­port

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE Sara.Eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

Bev Sh­effield nor­mally spends his time help­ing oth­ers, but was the one re­ceiv­ing some help re­cently as peo­ple gath­ered to en­joy mu­sic and of­fer their sup­port to him in Kentville.

Nearly ev­ery chair was full as mu­sic rang through the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 6 on Sept. 30 in Kentville, where a fundrais­ing event was or­ga­nized in sup­port of Sh­effield for help with med­i­cal costs he is fac­ing.

Basil David­son is a long­time friend and mu­sic col­lab­o­ra­tor of Sh­effield’s, and planned the event along­side sev­eral other mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing David Aren­burg.

The group has been play­ing mu­sic to­gether for more than 30 years, and nor­mally or­ga­nizes fundrais­ing mu­sic events to help oth­ers. And this time, an event was or­ga­nized for Sh­effield in­stead.

“It means a lot – he’s thanked us like a hun­dred times so far. He’s very over­whelmed,” said Aren­burg.

And since Sh­effield is re­tired, David­son said the mount­ing med­i­cal costs are even more stress­ing for him due to be­ing on a lim­ited in­come, which can be hard without the added ex­pense.

The mu­si­cians who gath­ered for the event play to­gether each Fri­day in Kentville to play and prac­tice for up­com­ing ben­e­fit shows. David­son said this ben­e­fit was even more spe­cial than oth­ers be­cause they were play­ing for one of their own.

“It’s great to help any­body out, but es­pe­cially an­other en­ter­tainer who’s helped oth­ers,” he said.

The men shook hands with many com­mu­nity mem­bers as they made their way up to the stage. They said of all the com­po­nents of the event, any fi­nan­cial sup­port for Sh­effield was an added bonus.

“What he’s go­ing to be happy about the most is see­ing all of these peo­ple, and all the en­ter­tain­ers, more so than the fi­nan­cial sup­port,” said David­son, adding he feels proud to be part of the fundrais­ing group.

“We help any­body that’s down and out, that’s sick – they’ll call us, and we’ll do a show. We do it for any­body. If you were in a car ac­ci­dent and got hurt, we’d be there.”

SARA ERIC­S­SON

From left, David Aren­burg and Basil David­son stand with two of the sev­eral mu­si­cians who played mu­sic at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 6 in Kentville in sup­port of Bev Sh­effield.

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