Putting his heart and soul into fundrais­ing

Char­ity night of mu­sic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Joel Adams buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

A DJ and for­mer nurse is or­gan­is­ing an evening of soul mu­sic to raise money for a char­ity which helps suf­fer­ers of a ge­netic blood dis­or­der.

Dave John­son, 45, started his nurs­ing ca­reer at Amer­sham hos­pi­tal in the mid-1990s and later worked help­ing sickle cell anaemia pa­tients in a spe­cial­ist ward at the Chelsea and West­min­ster hos­pi­tal.

Sickle cell anaemia is a ge­netic dis­or­der which af­fects red blood cells and can lead to or­gan dam­age and ex­treme pain.

In March Dave ran the Brighton Marathon to raise money for the Sickle Cell So­ci­ety, and has now ar­ranged for eight high­lyre­garded soul mu­sic DJs to per­form at Amer­sham Pol­ish club on the evening of 20th June.

Dave’s plans to take a short sab­bat­i­cal from nurs­ing in 1998 turned into a 16-year ca­reer play­ing mu­sic in Tener­ife, Ibiza and Ali­cante.

He had his own ra­dio shows, and DJ’d in clubs six nights a week.

Hav­ing now re­turned to the UK he is bring­ing mu­sic and his con­cern for sickle cell suf­fer­ers to­gether. “The Edgar Horne Ward in the Chelsea and West­min­ster was one of the few spe­cial­ist sickle cell units in the coun­try, and I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with the pa­tients, I found them re­ally brave,” he said.

“It was my favourite part of the job. Some were ex­tremely ill and in a lot of pain but they al­ways put on a brave face. They were just such lovely

FUNDRAISER: Dave John­son is or­gan­is­ing a soul mu­sic event peo­ple to work with.”

His “Soul for Sickle Cell” night will fea­ture live DJs play­ing mu­sic from the Temp­ta­tions, Dionne War­wick and Aretha Franklin as well as more un­der­ground and cut­ting edge soul artists.

The DJs will be do­nat­ing their time and tal­ent, as will Lon­don artist Ashrat Kahn who will cre­ate graf­fiti-style dec­o­ra­tion on sheets and can­vases around the hall.

The hall has a ca­pac­ity of around 300 so Dave is hop­ing for a good turnout for the night which will also in­clude a raf­fle.

Tick­ets are £9 and can be pur­chased through www.skid­dle.com or via his face­book page www. face­book.com/s4sc1.

All pro­ceeds will go to the Sickle Cell So­ci­ety. EX­PE­RI­ENCE an en­chanted evening at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum this week­end as part of ‘Mu­se­ums at Night’.

The Chal­font St Giles based at­trac­tion will open for a unique event from 5.30pm to 9.30pm on Satur­day.

Meet a princess on a uni­corn and char­ac­ters from sto­ries and fairy­tales. En­joy an evening of sto­ry­telling in the mu­seum’s build­ings lit up by can­dle, lan­tern and fire­light.

Join in the fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion, get in­volved in crafts, games ac­tiv­i­ties and trea­sure hunts and plant your own beanstalk.

Adults can in­dulge in a glass of Pimms, chilled cider or Chilterns beer watch­ing the sun set over the mu­seum’s Vil­lage Green.

Bring a pic­nic or en­joy food from the mu­seum’s Tea Room.

Con­tact 01494 871 117 for tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion.

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