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Shirley singers high notes to raise funds for Dementia UK

SINGERS hit the high notes at a street gig in Shirley over the weekend to raise funds for Dementia UK.

Singer Ruby Mann brought back her Entertaining in The Crescent show, which she started during lockdown, once more and raised £700.

She was joined in Featherstone Crescent by Beccie Marshall, Vanessa Lee Vocals, Margo Peters, Charlotte Amy Clements, Debbie Filgate and Tommy Harper to raise funds for an admiral nurse, a specialist dementia nurse.

A raffle, which included prizes from Asda, Next, SLF Valeting, Prezzo, Amanda Jane Hair and Beauty, Pigeons Parlour and Lilly’s Tea Room, was also held.

During her previous street gigs Ruby has raised funds for the children’s charity, the NSPCC and The Brain Tumour Charity.

Ruby said: “To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement to think when it all started on April 6, 2020

“The difference this is going to make is phenomenal, the admiral nurses are vital to families facing dementia so thank you everyone.”

Ruby was inspired to put on a concert for the charity after a neighbour suggested it to her and from seeing first hand what the disease has on people from her times performing in care homes.

She started performing shows in the Crescent during the national lockdowns and gave her neighbours a chance to enjoy live music while sticking to the restrictions in place.

Over time it grew and other began to join her.

When

August 2022

Lockdown singer ready to perform charity street gig once more

A POPULAR lockdown performer is set to return with a host of singers for a street gig to raise funds for Dementia UK.

Singer, Ruby Mann, from Shirley will be bringing back her Entertaining in The Crescent show back once more on Sunday, August 21.

From 3pm Ruby Mann Sings will be joined in Featherstone Crescent by Vanessa Lee Vocals, Reza Farrell, Beccie Marshall, Debbie Filgate and Tommy Harper to raise funds for an admiral nurse, a specialist dementia nurse.

During her previous street gigs Ruby has raised funds for the children’s charity, the NSPCC and The Brain Tumour Charity.

She said: “It was a neighbour’s suggestion the next show I put on we should raise money for Dementia UK.

“It’s close to so many peoples hearts.

“I myself as well as performing in hotels, clubs, pubs and corporate events I sing in care homes too and see first hand the effect this disease has on the individual and their families.”

Ruby started performing shows in the Crescent during the national lockdowns and gave her neighbours a chance to enjoy live music while sticking to the restrictions in place.

Over time it grew and other began to join her.

She said: “As time went on we decided to start incorporating raising money for charity whilst entertaining.

“It was quite therapeutic for me as obviously all my work had to be cancelled due to Covid.

“It meant I could still do what I love to entertain and raise money at the same time.

“Of course this time there won’t be any official restrictions so we’ll really be able to enjoy ourselves all for a great cause.”

When

August 2022

A fundraising concert in honour of UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers

A MEMORIAL fundraising concert is being held in honour of UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers thanks to a Shirley singer.

Ruby Mann, who performs under the name Ruby Ann Sings, knew Brian well and was inspired to organise the evening to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.

The 56-year-old has organised for a number of fellow musicians to join her at the Sedgemere Sports and Social Club on Sedgemere on March 26 to honour Brian who died of a brain tumour last August, aged 62.

She said: “I was lucky to meet him for the first time on 2012, when I was selling his art work in a Birmingham city art gallery.

“His generosity of spirit was so evident, he always had time for you, and with his wealth of experience and knowledge he was a brilliant mentor to so many, including myself.

“I’m forever grateful to have known him and will always remember long chats, Face Times, the advice and laughter.”….

When

April 2022