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BLAM BLAM Fever Ska Weekend

On Sat 9th Sep a crazy group of around 40 people att

ending the Blam Blam Fever Ska Weekend in Redcar braved the North Sea waters for an early morning dip. Dressed in all sorts of crazy outfits (or very little at all ) we took a dip in aid of local good causes. We are delighted to announce on what is World Mental Health Day that we will be donating £1000 of the total raised to Walk N Talk Redcar. Gareth Howell So many people were involved in this fund raising (many who I can’t tag). But thanks and praise must go to; Dean Young who first arranged the tradition of the dip at Blam Blam Fever in 2021 after the sudden death of a close friend of ours. Mark Simpson and Kelly-marie Simpson, the overall organisers of Blam Blam Fever for sending out sponsor forms and rallying the troops to raise funds and give something back to the local community that hosts us so well every year. To my brothers of the ASC, Ste Cook, John Allen, Les Bowden, Andrew Allison & Carl Box (the original dippers from 2 years ago). To our friends from the wider UK Ska community who raised so much money through sponsorship and direct donations to our Justgiving page. There are too many to name, but here goes, Mick Moffatt, Justine Moffatt, Steve Ska Laurence, Franky Tature, Maxine Matthews, Kevin Moffat, Debbie Unsworth, Debbie Coatham Watson Rutherford, John Kim Cawley, Poey Bullock, Ray O'leary, Carol Perry, John Armstrong, Stew Bailey, Jackie Pink and all at the The Gypsy Rover and the many many people who donated via our Justigiving page and kind people who gave us cash donations on the beach and around town on the day. Thank you all. Also, well done to Moira McKie who raised £400 for the RNLI on the same day.

Now, if anyone is wondering. Our original target on the ASC Justgiving page was to raise £1000 for MISSED A BEAT Foundation (defibrillator charity), we achieved that, and more, in pretty quick time. Therefore we have been in a position to support both charities with donations beyond what we ever imagined. It has been agreed that all remaining funds and sponsorship money due to come in will go to Missed A Beat in order to support Mark Preston with the purchase, fitting and maintenance of Defibs in our local area. Therefore, your donations have gone where advertised on the page. If anyone would like to make a donation to Missed A Beat then please feel free to do so via our page (link in the comments). The charity needs a steady flow of income to continue purchase vital equipment (that isn’t cheap). Thanks again, much love the ASC boys and girls


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