AN Ashby woman is using her 50th birthday party to raise money for charity in honour of a friend’s son who died last year.
Kaye Gillanders could have sat and wallowed about her lot as she approached her half century, but instead she set her mind on organising a gig to celebrate and raise funds for a good cause.
The party, on January 18, will raise money for Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome UK (SADS UK), Ashby Lions and Measham Youth Club.
Mrs Gillanders told the Mail: “It’s a bit rubbish turning 50, but I thought I may as well do something useful with it.”
She chose to raise money for SADS UK in honour of Tom Wilkinson, the son of a friend who died of the heart condition last year, when he was aged just 21.
“He was at home, but there were no goodbyes. That’s the thing with this, it can take people so quickly.
“I wanted to do this for a cause which was close to my heart. I’ve also got a bad chest,” she said.
Five bands have been booked to perform at the event, at Ashby’s Ivanhoe College.
They are Pure Purple, The Agonal Trace, The March, The Darkmess and Genziani’s Jukebox.
Mrs Gillanders, who comes from a musical family and plays the drums in her spare time, used her wide connections in the local music scene to find people for the gig – and she even plans to do a bit of performing herself.
“I do whatever I can with music, and I always wanted to do a gig, and I thought if I was going to do it, I may as well do it for charity.
“I play in Ashby African Drummers, and we’re going to be doing a bit in between bands. I’m hoping to get on somebody’s drums at some point,” she said.
All are welcome to the gig, Mrs Gillanders said, as she was hoping it would be a case of ‘the more the merrier’ for her celebrations. Tickets cost £10 and are available from The Plough on the Green, Ashby.