Deb & Eli's Big Night Out in aid of The Wales Air Ambulance
Hello and hope you’re well today
I thought I would tell you about the incredible night I had Thursday night (July 18th) hosting ‘Deb & Eli’s Big Night’ at the Baglan Community Church in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance. I was so honoured to be part of the team that organised this wonderful event.
Many of you would have remembered the tragic story of a Mum and 2 month old baby hit by a car whilst they walked their dog in Baglan. The Mum is a close friend of mine and we are part of a group of friends that have had a great bond for several years.
We wanted to do something to help Deb and when she found out about the night she insisted the money go the worthy charity the Wales Air Ambulance who are one of the organisations who helped save Deb and Eli along with the incredible doctors and nurses in Morriston Hospital. So after 2 months of organsing the night was upon us.
The Baglan Community Church who kindly offered their services for free who have shown such generosity to the local community. They have turned the place around and it is a stunning venue with its own coffee shop downstairs. Big thanks to the Centre, Steve on sound and Rob Stone for all the help and taking loads of fabulous photos all night.
It was absolutely boiling all night but it didn’t stop the fantastic audience from getting involved and being just brilliant.
First artist up was Swansea’s own Karl Morgan who is one of the coolest people I know. He walks on stage with just his acoustic guitar and even forgot to put any shoes on!
I love his attitude and I really think he is one of the great home grown talents that we have.
I caught up with him just before he went on stage
To find out more about Karl Morgan go to http://www.whosmolly.co.uk
Next up was the beautiful and talented Jheena Lodwick who not only gives a master-class when she performs but also spoke so beautifully last night.
She is also one heck of a piano player too. If you ever get a chance to see this lady perform you won’t be disappointed.
Ending the first half was Kirstie Roberts and her choir Soul’d Out with string quartet Fortissimo. I could not believe that last night was their very first performance. They performed songs by Coldplay to great classical works by Penclawdd’s Karl Jenkins.
If you’d like to join this wonderful choir they rehearse every Wednesday evening at 89 Neath Road in Briton Ferry 6 till 7.30pm.
Opening the second half of the show was the super talented Craig Gallivan who you will know from Sky 1 Stella as Luke the son of Stella played and written by the brilliant Ruth Jones.
He brought the house down with his belting vocals and I caught up with him before his performance.
I have to say a huge thank you to the fabulous Meyrick Sheen who came along to help out. He hosted the raffle and the auction and he was fantastic.
I could not have done the whole night on my own in the heat and we were so privileged to have him there. He even got hold of lots of movie memorabilia from his movie star son Michael.
I managed to grab a word with Meyrick after the show
We then had the pleasure of watching James Williams who travelled all the way down from Pontypridd.
He is a Michael Buble tribute artist and also sang one of his own songs.
He has a wonderful velvet voice and a great personality too.
Check out his website http://www.james-williams.co.uk
To end the entertainment we had the fabulous Bjorn Belief Abba girls Lorraine King and Tina Williams who had the audience on their feet with the classics. Their vocals impressions are outstanding and so is their comedy in the character of the Abba girls.
I have to say an extra thank you to Lorraine is a good friend and was instrumental in the organisation of this concert.
I think the greatest moment of the night is when Deborah walked up to the stage unaided and gave a speech which brought a lump to everyone's throat. Thanks to Gillian from the Wales Air Ambulance for attending.
The night came to a close with a song sung by myself, Lorraine and Jheena, James Taylor's 'You Got a Friend. What a privilege to sing with such gifted performers.
(In the photo my wonderful friends who have helped put this night together from left to right Sandra, Jheena, Lorraine, Lee, Lynn, Lynda, Elaine, Andrew, Keith, Julie, Carol, James, me & of course Deborah
We raised just under £3000 which is an incredible amount and I feel so proud to have been a part of this and everyone who helped put the night together but I'm even more proud of my friend Deb x
All photos courtesy of Rob Stone from The Sound Surgery in Port Talbot and member of Baglan Community Church
Thank you also to my fabulous colleagues at Swansea Sound & our sister station The Wave for their support.