Popular Christmas concert returns to Hayling Island

Gill Elton of Hayling Island
Gill Elton of Hayling Island
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ROUSING tunes will be the order of the day as a popular charity concert makes its festive return.

Fundraiser Gill Elton is once again staging the event on Hayling Island next month in aid of a charity close to her family’s heart.

The 76-year-old pensioner has been organising Christmas shows at the island’s community centre in Station Road for 11 years.

Often raising more than £1,500 each time for military cause Help for Heroes, this year’s spectacular will be in aid of centre of cancer immunology at the University of Southampton.

The facility proved vital help in giving her brother, Raymond King, an extra 18 months of life through its treatment.

Gill said: ‘What they did meant so much for our family.

‘My brother was diagnosed with cancer. They had treated everything they could but it didn’t work.

‘What they did at Southampton was prolong his life for 18 months.

‘What they do over there is extraordinary.’

This year’s musical offering will once again feature the Hampshire Constabulary Band, led by conductor Major Pete Curtis.

There are about 300 tickets on offer for the evening, which is being staged on Saturday, December 2.

Doors open at 7.30pm. A brief introduction will be given by a scientist from the immunology centre before the show kicks off.

Tickets are £10 for adults or £9 for seniors and are available at the community centre, Tibble’s Florist, in Elm Grove or by ringing Gill on (023) 9246 1942. The immunology centre conducts research on how the body’s own immune system can be used to fight – and one day cure – cancer.

It is looking to raise £25m to build a new centre. It has currently generated £23.8m.