For the last three years Paul Scrivener, one of CENSolution’s nationwide team of Dedicated Independent Consultants has dedicated countless hours of his spare time to support two organisations – both committed to raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. In the first five months of 2015, Paul has already co-ordinated and starred in two concerts raising a combined £3,500 but between both organisations he supports – Specialized and March of the Mods – volunteers have raised a collective total of £300,000 for this important charity in the last 4 years.
Paul explains how he got involved: “I’ve always loved music and particularly enjoy playing guitar and singing, but a few years ago I realised I could put these skills to use, raising money for this very worthy cause. I play with two bands, The Special Selection and the Kingston Ska Orchestra and both have featured in all of the concerts I have helped to organise as well as other bands from the local area. In a concert last year I was even lucky enough to play alongside The Specials lead guitarist, Mr Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers. Both of the organisations I am pleased to support combine music and raising money for charity brilliantly – it’s a great combination that reaps real rewards for all involved.”
The March of Mods charity was established in 2012 and was set up to raise money specifically for the Teenage Cancer Trust by holding events across the country in the Month of March. Individual volunteers take responsibility for organising an event in their own area. They can decide what format the event takes, e.g. fashion show, scooter ride outs or music concerts. Music is at the heart of each event – whatever the format takes – with a DJ and original or cover bands entertaining the crowds.
Specialized was set up by Paul Williams who had been working very closely with The Specials to produce two books that follow the bands history. Paul saw a moving programme about the care of Teenage Cancer patients and decided to put his love of The Specials to work to raise money. The idea started as an album of Specials covers by modern day artists but soon became much more. Now it encourages amateur and professional musicians to come together to perform for the charity.
The Teenage Cancer Trust is a worthy recipient for the funds raised. It is the only charity dedicated to giving teenage cancer patients all of the expert care and support they need from the time they hear the word ‘cancer’. Around 7 young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. The Trust funds 28 specialist units within NHS hospitals, offers family support for patients and their loved ones and raises awareness of cancer and empowers young people to take responsibility for their own health with a dedicated education team.
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