Thirteen-year old Rafe Colman-Chadwick, son of Cause UK’s MD, Clair, hosted a fundraising concert for Brain Tumour Research in Valley Gardens in memory of his dad on 20th July 2019.
Rafe lost his dad Damian to a brain tumour last September.
A magician, juggler and storm trooper entertained the audience – with the Stormtrooper proving a particular hit for selfies.
The day had a fantastic community spirit, with people of all ages attending. The Mayor of Harrogate, Stuart Martin, and his wife sat through the entire set!
Mayor Coun Stuart Martin said: “We had a lovely afternoon and really enjoyed meeting everyone. It was so good to see and hear the youngsters and the positivist that surrounded them.”
Matthew Price, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research also attended; he confirmed £420.23 was collected on the day, added to the online justgiving campaign, which leads to over £1,500 raised to date (£1,560.82 plus gift aid).
Clair said: “It was a really uplifting afternoon and for all the young teenagers who braved performing on stage, a very positive thing to do. I’m very proud of Rafe and his friends. The school bands who played – Nameless and Wonderless – were both terrific. As were Damian’s father, Mal Colman, and his old friends from the charity, Urban Sprawl where Damian worked for many years, who all performed too. I’d like to give all the performers a big thank you, and to thank all the parents and friends who came along to cheer the boys on.”
Celebrities voiced their support of Rafe’s fundraising efforts.
BAFTA Award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes said: “Rafe lost his lovely father to a brain tumour. But he didn’t let grief overwhelm him. He’s doing something to conquer this horrible cancer. Let’s get behind Rafe. Please put money into the fundraising gala concert Rafe is arranging.”
Screenwriter Russell T Davies, behind hits including Doctor Who and the current BBC smash, Years and Years, also backed Rafe’s event. His partner of 20 years died of a brain tumour in 2018. He said: “This is a vital project urgently in need of funding, and in memory of a splendid man. I wish Rafe and his family all the very best.”
20th July 2019
Rafe Colman-Chadwick charity fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research, Valley Gardens, Harrogate.
Pictured April and Stuart Martin Mayor and Mayoress with Nameless and Wonderless, bands that are playing at the charity event
Picture Gerard Binks