Drum­ming up sup­port and cash for char­i­ties

12-hour mu­si­cal event set to be ‘real chal­lenge’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A COM­PANY di­rec­tor from Uxbridge is bash­ing the drums for char­ity as part of a 12 hour ‘test of mu­si­cal stamina’.

David Tay­lor, 50, of North Com­mon Road, is join­ing in a ‘songathon’ event at the Uxbridge Sports Club in Gat­ting Way, on Satur­day July 25, where 12 mu­si­cians will at­tempt to play 150 songs over a 12 hour pe­riod.

Money from the event will go to a char­i­ta­ble ap­peal by David’s em­ploy­ers, con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing firm Costain, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary by rais­ing money for good causes.

David, who will play two sets with his group The Fatspan­ner Band, said: “It’s go­ing to be a real chal­lenge but we’ve been prac­tis­ing and ev­ery­one’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing our way through the 150 songs.

“Most of us hail from the Uxbridge area and a num­ber of us went to lo­cal schools to­gether, namely Bish­op­shalt and Ab­bots­field.

“One of my best friends, Martin, is one of the 12 mu­si­cians and he’ll be play­ing the bass for a few songs de­spite mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.”

The per­form­ers will ro­tate line-ups dur­ing the course of the day, from 11am un­til 11pm, to pro­vide a good va­ri­ety as well as giv­ing ev­ery­one an op­por­tu­nity to have a well-earned break in be­tween each set.

Maiden­head-based Costain has chal­lenged its work­ers, in­clud­ing David, to raise £1mil­lion for four char­i­ties – Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port, The Prince’s Trust and the Sa­mar­i­tans – dur­ing the firm’s an­niver­sary year, and has promised to match what­ever em­ploy­ees raise.

En­try to the songathon is free and there will be a fully li­censed bar.

Do­nate to the cause at h t t p s : / / www. j u s t g iv i n g . com/David-Tay­lor99/

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