MP leads char­ity singing chal­lenge for 500 miles

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

BREN­DAN O’Hara and lo­cal groups are singing lines from The Pro­claimers’ song I Would Walk 500 Miles for a char­ity video to be shown in Oban next month.

The fundrais­ing show, called SiMBA’s

Sounds of the 80s, de­scribed by or­gan­is­ers as ‘a glo­ri­fied 1980s disco’, will also fea­ture videos and song choices from the co­me­dian Peter Kay and mu­si­cian Nik Ker­shaw.

The evening of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, set for the Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Halls on Novem­ber 4, is rais­ing funds for SiMBA (Simp­son’s Mem­ory Box Ap­peal), which ‘re­sponds to the needs of those af­fected by the loss of a baby’.

Su­san Simp­son, SiMBA’s High­land co-or­di­na­tor, said: ‘The ex­cit­ing thing about this evening is that we are col­lat­ing an as­sem­blage of videos and per­for­mances from lo­cal groups and national celebri­ties, so our whole evening will be planned by those we have asked to take part.’

Lo­cal groups singing lines from The Pro­claimers song in­clude Oban Sea Cadets, Oban Sea Life Cen­tre, SAMS, Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, Clan Diarmid from Oban High School, and Argyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara.

Videos by celebri­ties Nik Ker­shaw and Peter Kay will fea­ture along­side those by SiMBA’s pa­trons Grant Stott and Gil­lian Smith MBE, plus SiMBA’s am­bas­sador Lisa Hague. The Spot­light

Mu­si­cal Theatre Group will also be per­form­ing on the night.

SiMBA was founded in 2005 by Sara Fitzsim­mons, a mid­wife in Simp­son’s Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal in Ed­in­burgh. The char­ity re­sponds to the needs of fam­i­lies through­out the UK be­reaved through the loss of a baby at any stage dur­ing preg­nancy, at birth or after de­liv­ery. SiMBA is de­voted to em­pow­er­ing fam­i­lies to gather pre­cious mem­o­ries of their baby.

Ms Simp­son, a vol­un­teer since 2010, said: ‘In my work sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als, I wit­ness first-hand the ex­tra­or­di­nary dif­fer­ence the sup­port of the char­ity makes in the lives of be­reaved fam­i­lies, both those who have lost re­cently and those whose baby died decades ago. I, too, am en­abled by the char­ity to hon­our the mem­ory of the child we lost to still­birth and the child we lost to mis­car­riage.

‘The sup­port and care SiMBA of­fers en­ables fam­i­lies to cope with a life­time of loss, hon­our­ing the mem­ory of the chil­dren they couldn’t watch grow up. SiMBA sup­ports fam­i­lies who have lost their baby re­cently, as well as fam­i­lies whose baby died decades ago.’

SiMBA’s ser­vices are avail­able free through­out the UK and be­yond.

Any­one wish­ing to sing a line for the video or choose an 80s song can con­tact Su­san Simp­son on 07771 358382.

Bren­dan O’Hara belts out I Would Walk 500 Miles at McCaig’s Tower in Oban.

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