Charity’s got the Tonic to help you wipe away those winter blues

(L-r) Syd Bennett, Rob Coach� and Martin-John McDonnell
(L-r) Syd Bennett, Rob Coach� and Martin-John McDonnell
  • Tonic Music for Mental Health is holding its first Christmas party
  • Acts playing live include The High Wire Act, The Rising and Vinny Peculiar
  • Entry is free and all are welcome
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A MENTAL health charity will be holding its first ever Christmas party tomorrow night at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea.

Tonic Music for Mental Health is putting on the bash, which is open to everyone, to put a cap on what has been a busy year for the charity.

The night will also serve as an album launch party for The High Wire Act, a band the charity helped by funding its recording.

Steph Langan, one of Tonic’s co-founders, said: ‘We’ve been really busy raising money, but I can’t wait for Wednesday night.

‘It’s a bit of a thank you as well to all of the people who have supported us.

‘Battling the stigma attached to mental health problems is still a massive mountain to climb. But no-one is immune, it can strike any of us.’

Rob Coaché, High Wire Act’s frontman, has battled depression throughout his adult life and working with Tonic has helped him enormously.

Rob, from Fareham, said: ‘They’ve given us the support and financial backing that we needed.

‘It helps your confidence when there’s someone backing you like that, and it’s given us more emphasis to get on with doing it. They’ve been hugely beneficial to us. We wouldn’t have got this far this quickly without them.’

Rob also helps run the charity’s music group, which meets every other Thursday morning at The Wedge in Albert Road, Southsea. Members of the group will be performing on the night as well – they will be playing The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction and 20th Century Boy by T-Rex.

It’s a bit of a thank you as well to all of the people who have supported us

Steph Langan, Tonic’s co-founder

Also on the bill are Hampshire rockers The Rising, who are donating all sales in December from their double-A-side single Free My Soul Tonight/If You Get With Me to the charity.

Entry to the party is free. Doors open from 7pm to 2am.

Other acts performing live include Vinny Peculiar and Daniel Eagle, with DJ sets from Hipshaker, Ted @ The Controls, Mr B & Sarah Elve and The Bewlay Brothers.