Rotarian records Christmas album to benefit charity

Malcolm Dent
Malcolm Dent

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A 66-YEAR-OLD man has recorded a Christmas CD to raise money for charity.

Malcolm Dent, from Gosport, has sold more than 100 copies of his CD.

Mr Dent said profits would go to food banks in Fareham and Gosport as well as Fareham-based homeless charity Two Saints.

He said he was inspired by his family to record the nine songs for the CD at Quay West Studios in Gosport.

Mr Dent, a member of Rotary, said: ‘My family has often remarked that I should record some songs for posterity, and Christmas is my favourite time of year.

He said the CD had started out as a ‘vanity project’.

‘It was only when I reached 50 copies that I thought that as a Rotarian, we support the food bank each year, and the two charities serve much the same purpose, I decided to split the proceeds between the two.

‘I burn and print the CDs for nothing so the maximum goes to the charities.’

Mr Dent said his songs were also on YouTube.

He said: ‘I felt that if my efforts could help raise money for that worthy cause I would be delighted, and, as the session had been filmed, I decided to put clips on to YouTube and spread the word on Facebook.

‘It has already had over 600 hits and over 100 orders for copies, so I decided to split the money between the Fareham and Gosport food-bank and the homeless, both of whom need basics more in the winter.’

Mr Dent said the CD was being sold at Gosport shops including Attic Guitar, Park Tavern, Alverstoke Hardware, Tammy’s One Stop Shop, Ian Chase Hairdressing, and at The Book Shop in Lee-on- the-Solent.

He said: ‘Several shops have started to put up posters and are selling them. 100 per cent of the profit goes to the charities and I have had orders from as far away as California.’

The CD can also be bought online at gosportrotary.co.uk and mygosport.org.

If you wish to donate directly to any of the charities that the album will benefit, visit their websites at friendsofthehomeless.org.uk/ and twosaints.org.uk/fareham.