Putting his heart and soul into fundraising
Charity night of music
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.