What a busy start to 2019!
On March 18th, the amazing Just Take That came to perform at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil for HNT. It was a truly wonderful community event with students from SEN and mainstream schools, staff, parents , carers , and young adults with learning disabilities dancing and singing away alongside Rotarian’s, councillors,
locals and Take That fans that had come from afar!
The band were superb, not only singing a range of Take That hits spanning 30 years, but also breaking into The Beatles and Bee Bees songs! Two hours of music for all ages, plus a couple of surprises on stage, including the amazing HNT poet, Larry Lagrue reciting his latest poem about life as an SEN child.
Thanks to kind donations from local companies, some of the concert costs were covered and £9000 was banked. This included the money from a 2 minute bucket run when the band ran into the crowd amounting to nearly £600!
I also had written to numerous small local firms to ask if they would donate the cost of a seat or seats so that families and SEN schools who otherwise would not have had the funds to come could join in the fun. Thanks to people’s kindness this indeed happened and for some it was a once in a lifetime experience….until 2020!
So…keep the date…
The Octagon Theatre Yeovil – https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/
Just Take That – https://www.justtakethat.com/
HNT charity concert
Tickets from the theatre box office…. £21 which includes a £1 ticket levy.
As for this year I am seeking sponsors for the following…please spread the word and get in touch if you can help as, if all the costs are covered and I can get seats sponsored again, the event should bring in over £12,000 and yet again be a truely community inclusive event.
Theatre Hire £1194
Technical Staff £138
Performance rights £254
Brochure advertisement £342
Banner and posters £200
Seats all at £21 to include ticket levy.
The aim is to fill 80% of the auditorium, have a few surprises in the stage and to raise funds for HNT…which means funds for local SEN specialist pre-school/school groups, and families with SEN or Learning Difficulties connections.
My 2 students from Yeovil College are putting the final touches to this year’s video of the concert which will then be on the website. It includes Larry’s remarkable poem so do watch and listen as it is so touching.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to the theatre (what lovely and helpful staff!), the band who were such fun, Terry Bennett from Abbey 104 who came on stage to do the thank yous and interview at the end, to Larry Lagrue for spending his free time writing the second HNT poem (he does commissions so do get onto his website…. ), to all the sponsors, and of course to all those who came along to dance the night away!