Time for everyone to get on the same track

Issue 5956

BB looks at the state of contesting around the banding world

Back row ‘doyens’ reflect on their banding lives

Black Dyke heritage celebrated in Queensbury

Acrobat Challenge paying dividends for Stephen

Wednesday 12 April, 2017

The campaign to raise lifesaving funds for trombone star Stephen Sykes has almost reached its target and currently sits at over £89,000 of the £90,000 required to treat him for Hodgkins Lymphoma with a new type of drug called a PD1 blocker.

The campaign to raise these vital funds has captured worldwide attention through the Acrobat Challenge, an Internet sensation that has seen brass players the world over posting myriad versions of J.A Greenwood's classic trombone solo. The Acrobat Challenge has even made it to the BBC News in the South West of England.

It follows the recent Swab for Sykes campaign, which saw thousands of brass band players providing samples to test their suitability for stem cell donation at the recent 'Area' contests. 

Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign should visit https://www.gofundme.com/StephenSykes, while further information on Stephen's condition is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/630583560441152/?ref=bookmarks.