The Band of the Royal Marines put on a concert at the Anvil, Basingstoke to raise funds for Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind. Playing to a packed house, they raised over £5000 from an enthusiastic audience.
"The Royal Marines have five bands, but because of commitments in the Fire Dispute and the Middle East, many are not available for concerts. The Band we heard was a splendid amalgamation of all five bands - a reminder that they have serious commitments as well as entertainment and fund-raising."
Lt Col Chris Davies, Principal Director of Music and Major Philip Watson, Director of the Portsmouth Band conducted nearly two hours of music, ending with Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, Hearts of Oak ansd the Regimental March of the Royal Marines - Life on the Ocean Wave.
"There weren't many dry eyes at the end."
The concert was attended by Mayors from Basingstoke, Winchester, Test Valley and Havant.
About Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind
Last year, the Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind spent £445,000 delivering its services to the 4,200 people who are registered blind or partially sighted in this county - just over £100 a head. We get one new referral every working day.
Half of HACB’s income comes from legacies and stock market investments - neither source can be relied upon at this time.
This concert is HACB’s main annual fund raising event. We would therefore like to thank you all for joining us.
A Message from the President
“My association with HACB goes back nearly 50 years. As something of a Braille prodigy I can remember being put on the plafform at the AGM aged ten to read Peter Rabbit. About a dozen years later I did one of my very first broadcasts about HACB and have often turned to them for help.
For me one of their greatest strengths is their visiting and advocacy services - of particular value when people first lose their sight. Only the other day I was able to refer a couple where the husband had suddenly gone almost totally blind. Often in this situation HACB is the only port of call and the only listening ear. More power to them!
I am very proud to have graduated from Peter Rabbit to President.”