'Mad' gig to help hospital

Up to nine local bands are getting together to play a gig in at the Queen's Hall in Watton in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. March Music Madness will take place on Sunday, March 23 and will feature well known local bands Harley Street, Skasouls (formerly known as Skafish), Loucaine, Mallard and Spasmodic Moose along with other bands who will showcase on the day.

Up to nine local bands are getting together to play a gig in at the Queen's Hall in Watton in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

March Music Madness will take place on Sunday, March 23 and will feature well known local bands Harley Street, Skasouls (formerly known as Skafish), Loucaine, Mallard and Spasmodic Moose along with other bands who will showcase on the day.

The event is being organised by local mum Karen Cross, whose young son Louis had to be airlifted to Great Ormond Street hospital for specialist intensive care treatment in April 2005 when he was just two years old.

“Louis was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital with terrible stomach pains”, explained Karen, “and after emergency surgery for a twisted bowel he needed intensive care treatment which was not available in Norwich. Luckily a bed was available in the intensive care ward at Great Ormond Street and he was taken straight there. The treatment and support we were given was absolutely fantastic and once we were home and Louis was on the mend we made a vow to do something to help the hospital, especially as a great deal of its support work is funded through its charity.”


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Three years on Louis is fit and healthy, with just a small scar to show for his ordeal which he calls his “little smiley face”, and his parents felt the time was right to do some fundraising. They have had help planning March Music Madness from musician Phil Patience, who plays in two of the bands, and who is co-ordinating the event. Derek Cross, Karen's husband, is taking charge of the raffle which they hope will boost the money raised.

March Music Madness will run from 5pm through to 11.30pm and tickets cost £10 in advance from Adcocks or Tan Over Tan or £12 on the door.

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