Concert at church raises cash for charity

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TWO generations with a love of music came together to raise money for charity.

Stuart Reed, 73, and his 19-year-old grandson, Mitchell Rock, both violinists, performed together at the Grand Charity Concert at the United Reformed Church in Fareham for Ninewells Cancer Campaign.

The concert was organised by Mr Reed, from Fareham, and raised more than £1,800.

The retired press officer arranged the event after his friend Carole Hope was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

‘It went extremely well,’ he said. ‘About 180 people turned up, the place was packed.’

Mrs Hope, from Scotland, who has since been given the all clear, was delighted.

‘I am absolutely thrilled,’ she said. ‘I just made a casual remark about putting on a concert and within no time they’d organised a massive gig, I’m blown away by it.’

The money will go to fund research into cancer treatments. Mr Reed is organising another charity concert next year with the Portsmouth Philharmonic and the Meon Valley Band.