Music night at pub raises vital hospice cash

October 04 2018

MUSIC lovers from as far away as Portsmouth flocked to a rockabilly fundraiser at a Fishponds pub.

Attracting around 150 people, the event at the New Moon featured a raffle and auction, raising £350 for St Peter's Hospice.

Live music came courtesy of Ian Webster, lead singer of now defunct rockabilly band Twenty Flight Rock.

The event was the brainchild of Pete Bryant, who started his mission to raise as much money as possible for St Peter's after his dad John was diagnosed with liver cancer.

John had been planning to attend one of Pete's fundraisers at Hanham Community Centre back in March but sadly died the week before.

Instead of cancelling the event, Pete put on a brave face, going on to raise £1,181 from the northern soul and rockabilly night.

Buoyed by its success, Kingswood-born Pete vowed to continue to organise northern soul, rockabilly and 80s-themed evenings.

So far, Pete, supported by wife Hayley, has raised a grand total of £3,000 for his number one cause.

He now plans on putting on two main events every year covering the music he is passionate about and slotting in smaller dos as and when he can.

Pete, 50, said: "Whether you like rockabilly, northern soul or 80s music, everyone is supporting it for what it is - a really good night out which raises money for a good cause.

"The New Moon handed me some cash to cover costs because they were so pleased with how the night went. But that was never going to happen, all money goes to St Peter's and everyone who takes part, like band members and DJs, never ask for money. People like that because they can see we are doing it for the love of the music and a good cause."

Pete said that, although his dad wasn't cared for by St Peter's, he recognises the good work the charity does to support local people.

"When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I told him I would start to raise money for St Peter's Hospice. He turned round to me and said I was doing a really good job and that he was proud of me," said Pete.

"Those words now spur me on to do what I'm doing."

Pete's next big event will take place at the Concorde Room, BAWA Club, Filton on Saturday November 24 and will feature rockabilly, rock n roll, northern soul, soul, ska and rock steady music. 

The sponsor will be Fishponds-based company UWE Houses, which is covering the cost of hiring the club.

To save printing costs so as much money as possible goes to St Peter's, Pete is doing away with tickets and instead people can be put on a list by pre-paying the £5 entry fee. 

Pete, who now lives in Patchway, said: "There's been so much interest that I had to find a big venue for the main fundraising events. I've got six DJs lined up for the BAWA Club who all want to be part of it and will give their time for free. It's going to be phenomenal."

If you are a business wishing to donate to the raffle or auction or would like to pre-pay to guarantee entry, please email peter_bryant3@sky.com