Concerts at the Kings Raise a Staggering £112,500 For Charities
A Wadworth pub which four years ago started an annual ‘Concert at the Kings’ to raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer charities has announced that the total taken over the four years has broken through the £100,000 barrier to bring in a staggering £112,500.
“We are thrilled to announce that the amount raised since 2012 is now £112,500. That’s £70,000 from the first 3 concerts and a massive £42,500 from 2015′s sold out event,” said Richard Baulu, Landlord of The Kings Arms in All Cannings, a small village in the Pewsey Vale, Wiltshire.
“We’d like to thank all the performers, volunteers, event staff and production suppliers for their hard work and assistance in getting the fourth “Rock against Cancer” show in All Cannings from its infancy, almost four years ago to the exceptional show that was put on Saturday, 30 May 2015. And we would also like to thank the public, who have supported the shows and made them such memorable events. The date for 2016 is already in the diary!”
Richard Baulu and John Callis (sound monitor engineer for Sir Paul McCartney and local at The Kings Arms) decided to form ‘Concert at The Kings’ in 2012 following personal cancer experiences. John used his contacts in the music industry to get these amazing high profile bands and artists together for the concerts. Andy Scott from 70’s band ‘The Sweet’ is also a local at the pub and has helped out not only by performing at the event, but also promoting it via numerous radio interviews.
The Concerts at the Kings have attracted some very high profile performers with the likes of Brian May, Jeff Beck, Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rates, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Midge Ure and 10cc just some of the famous names who have performed at this friendly event with a garden party atmosphere.
Several charities have benefitted from money raised by the concerts. This year Macmillan Cancer Support, Above and Beyond, the Oncology unit at Bristol hospital and Hope for Tomorrow (who run two mobile chemotherapy units in Wiltshire) were the cancer charities chosen. The organisers also made a large donation to local needs within the parish of All Cannings.
“We are immensely proud of the work that Richard and his team at The Kings Arms put in to making these concerts such a huge success,” says Emma Cottam, Wadworth Trade Marketing Manager. “The total is a terrific achievement for all concerned and so many people supported by the charities will have benefitted from the funds raised. The Concert at the Kings has become a landmark event in the local area, and gives much pleasure to people all over Wiltshire who come to enjoy the lovely friendly, family atmosphere of this special annual occasion.”