RESTAURATEUR AND CELEBRITY CHEF, BRIAN TURNER CBE - MY LOVE OF BRASS BANDING

Issue 5970

Egon Virtuosi Brass - An inside story

The Owen Farr Seminar - the first in a monthly series of brass masterclasses by the tenor horn virtuoso

Besses Boys' Band - Celebrating 75 years

Grimethorpe Youth Band feature

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.