Boo­gie night for hospice DoveAid

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Boo­gie night or­gan­is­ers in Oban are hop­ing ticket sales will fly for DoveAid.

Next month Oban Hospice’s Dove Cen­tre in Steven­son Street will cel­e­brate its first an­niver­sary since open­ing.

The cost of run­ning the cen­tre, which re­lies to­tally on the gen­eros­ity of sup­port­ers, is ‘a sur­prise pack­age’ says Anne May, who is one of its board mem­bers.

So the Dove Cen­tre was thrilled when Oban busi­ness­man and mu­si­cian Dave Hobbs of­fered to put on a mu­sic event for them.

Mr Hobbs, who runs Oban Com­puter Ser­vices in Mill Lane, plays in the three bands who will be per­form­ing on the char­ity night at The View in George Street on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 20 from 7.30pm into the early hours.

Still Wa­ter, Tre­ble Trou­ble and An­gus Smith and North 56 are shar­ing the stage with two slots each through­out the rockin’ night.

Tick­ets are £10 and avail­able from the Dove Cen­tre, BID4Oban of­fice, Dun­beg Vil­lage Store and Oban Com­puter Ser­vices. There is room for 400 rev­ellers.

‘All the bands are com­pletely dif­fer­ent – from coun­try and Celtic rock to pop and R’n’B. I wanted to do some­thing to help the Dove Cen­tre be­cause they do a fan­tas­tic job help­ing so many peo­ple.

‘Like a lot of other hos­pices and or­gan­i­sa­tions nowa­days, they are cash-strapped and rely on do­na­tions to keep them go­ing. I hope this helps and en­cour­ages oth­ers to show them sup­port. They do amaz­ing work for peo­ple,’ said Mr Hobbs, whose fa­ther re­ceived hospice care be­fore he died nine years ago.

All the acts, the venue, sound crew and poster de­sign­ers are giv­ing their ser­vices for free.

Mrs May said: ‘We hope DoveAid will get a great turnout. We’ll def­i­nitely put the money it raises to good use. Our fundrais­ing is on­go­ing and we need to keep adding to the pot to keep us go­ing.

‘Novem­ber will mark our first year in this build­ing so the cost of run­ning the cen­tre each year is a bit of a sur­prise pack­age at the mo­ment. We are al­ways look­ing for more sup­port and do­na­tions. We are a lo­cal char­ity for lo­cal peo­ple. Ev­ery penny we raise goes to our front-line ser­vices help­ing peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.’

Last month the Dove Cen­tre re­ceived £1,214.58 from Sue and John Green­wood, aged 60 and 70 re­spec­tively, who in­vited guests at their joint birth­day party in Ben­der­loch to give do­na­tions in aid of the char­ity in­stead.

About 60 peo­ple come through the cen­tre’s doors ev­ery week for prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port and in­for­ma­tion.

Sue Green­wood hands over birth­day do­na­tions to Lucy Hunt who is the hospice ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor at the Dove Cen­tre.

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