Drumming up support and cash for charities
12-hour musical event set to be ‘real challenge’
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.
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n SESSION: David Taylor is ready to entertain