Bradford on Avon gig to boost air ambulance funds

Great Western Air Ambulance will be serenaded and presented with a song that was written for the charity, at the Beef and Barge pub, Bradford on Avon, on Saturday night.

M Star Band is an eight-piece show band formed two years ago and based locally, with members coming from Bath, Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Wells and Peasedown St John.

Pete Hamblin, manager of the band, said: “This will be an action-packed night. It is about Great Western Air Ambulance, no-one else, but they have not heard the song yet.”

Mr Hamblin was recovering in hospital this summer after a heart operation when a badly injured man came in by Great Western Air Ambulance and was put in the bed next to him. This prompted Mr Hamblin to think of ways to give something back to the charity.

The song, called Ready To Go, will be performed to the crowd and two members of the charity.The band will present a copy of the song for them to distribute it as they please. The charity will receive all royalties.

John Fallis, 53, from Wells, is a professional singer song writer. He wrote the song in half and hour one evening while practicing on his acoustic guitar.

“The band has great comradery and it’s really good fun. We are all good friends and practice in the evenings.”

Mark Baker, from Radstock, is the lead vocalist and wrote the lyrics to the song. Through research and speaking to the charity, he was able to write personal lyrics, including the charity’s message and slogans.

Mr Baker said: “Anyone at anytime could need their services, which makes you realise how much help the charity needs.”

This will be the band’s fourth performance at the pub. The event will have a dance competition, a sing-along to Abba and a full Madness feature.
“The Beef and Barge has a raised stage, good sound and the atmosphere from the crowd is always great,” said Mr Hamblin.

Charity spokeswoman Keri Beckingham said: “We are extremely grateful to the M Star Band for their support and for producing the song for us.

“We can’t wait to hear it played live, and hope that the evening is a success, as the funds that are raised will help to keep our air ambulance flying.”

The charity has launched its Movin’ On Up campaign to raise £250,000 for a new helicopter as their current one is becoming too old. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/gwaac-movinonup

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