“Boobs & Brass”, the all-female brass band who play in the iconic pink jackets, was formed in 2006 for what was to be a `one off` concert. Due to the success of this concert and requests from all the girls and supporters involved, Maggie and Jane organised further events for the band to perform at. The word spread through the brass band community and eleven years later we have over seven hundred girls throughout the UK who are part of this unique concept. Undoubtedly, the greatest contribution that everyone associated with the band makes, is that they do it all at their own personal expense. This enables us to maximise the amount that we pass on to charity. To date, we have raised £224,000 of which £189,000 has been donated to Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Now for research into this horrible disease. The remaining £35,000 has gone to various charities including Brain Tumour Research, Dementia Society, Prostate Cancer, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes, British Legion and many more deserving causes.
However, after much deliberation, Boobs & Brass are hanging up those famous pink jackets next year after their final performance on 13th October. It is now our ambition to achieve a quarter of a million pounds before we say goodbye. Whilst the band have a few appearances left, we estimate that we will be approximately £15,000 short of this magical amount and we are appealing to everyone out there to help us hit this target.
Whether you are a band, an individual musician, someone who has encountered this disease, or had family or friends battle with it, or just someone who would like to help us - together we could achieve it.
How can you help?
- Encourage each member of your band to donate £1 and donate the total in the name of your band. As a movement we can make a difference.
- Make a donation in lieu of sending Christmas cards - quite a few of the girls have already done this.
-Hold a coffee morning with cakes!
- Organise a sponsored walk / cycle / run.
-Make a donation in memory of a loved one.
- Make a personal donation - whatever you can afford.
Every penny will enable the researchers to continue with their fantastic work, not only to seek a cure for breast cancer, but also to make the lives of those suffering with it more tolerable.
Can we, with your help, raise £250,000?
We are certainly going to have a good try!