Benefit gig will raise cash for Ebola victims

Sarah Jane Morris. Picture by Chris Nash

Sarah Jane Morris. Picture by Chris Nash

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An evening of live performances and music is being held later this month to help protect thousands of children across the world from preventable diseases.

The Clean Water, Safe Children benefit gig on Saturday, January 31 aims to raise funds for the Ebola Disaster Emergency Committee, Malaria No More and Water Aid.

A host of local artists will include singer Sarah Jane Morris who lived in Hastings for many years.

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Also performing are the Ingrid Pitt Orchestra, Hastings Guerrilla Circus, Cheap Thrills Bonkers Bingo, Vocal Explosion, Swing Street, Michael Drinkwater (magician), DJ Solomon and more.

Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, will be opening the event. He said: “What better way to raise money for such important causes and lift post-Christmas spirits than doing one of the things this town does best – throwing a great party and playing fantastic music.”

Mandy Curtis, of 18 Hours events, said: “With recent news focusing on the devastating impact of Ebola, it’s easy to forget that poor water and sanitation kills 500,000 children every year and malaria claims a child’s life every minute. The tragedy is that so many of these deaths are preventable. Thanks to everyone who is making this gig happen, giving up their time and resources for free. It’s going to be a great night for a great cause.”

The gig, at the Masonic Hall, East Ascent, St Leonards, is from 7.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets are £12.50 in advance and £15 on the door and are available at SHOP in Norman Road, the Tourist Information Centre at Aquila House, and at www.cleanwatergig.eventbrite.co.uk.