Sophie’s Journey: An Update
By Imran Khan
Sophie’s Journey will be returning to University of Derby Students Union Bar 67 Bridge Street, as part of the first of the two Music Event’s raising money for the Lincolnshire Based Charity. Sophie’s Journey was the name given by 12 year old Sophie Robinson to her Facebook community page, to document her two year battle against Medulloblastoma and as a aid to help children who may go through the same experience in the future. The page also became a focus for Sophie’s fundraising, for which she raised £50,000 towards Childhood Cancer Causes.
Sadly Sophie passed away at her home in January 2016. Sophie’s mother and fundraising partner registered Sophie’s Journey as an official charity with the mission statement to provides free holidays for children, teenagers and their families around the U.K living with cancer, at a static van at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Mablethorpe. https://www.facebook.com/BBCLookNorth/videos/969417066479238/
Sophie’s Journey run by Sophie’s immediately family and friends, has enjoyed a successful year with the van so popular that 2017 was fully booked. The charity is now raising money toward a second static van, which is fully DDA compliant and adapted to suit the needs of all children going through cancer.
University of Derby Students Imran Khan and Mollie Ralph have brought together some of the best up and coming talent in the East Midlands to perform live in aid of promoting Sophie’s Journey outside its immediate base in Lincolnshire. The event at 67 Bridge Street is followed by an event at the Maze on the 29th in Nottingham’s City Center on Mansfield Road.
67 Bridge Street is a free entry event, however donations are welcome and Raffle tickets can also be purchased on the night with prizes including 2 Tickets to a Derby County Match, Bottle of Wine, Boots Products, Nottingham Family Ice Skating, Photo Nottingham Family Professional Photo Session, Jongleurs and Glee Comedy Night Tickets and Nottingham Theatre Royal Tickets.
Music starts at 7pm with Harpist Anna My Charlotte, who has played regularly on the Leicestershire Music Scene and in her native Wales as well as at the Malt Cross Festival and as part of Rafters and Ringing with her friends Melanie Page and Autumn Dawn Leader. Melanie released her last album the Wild Grey Blue at the start of the year and will performing her third set for Sophie’s Journey. Autumn will be showcase her own individual style taking a break from conjunctive projects as one part of The Way Out and as keyboard player in Stevie Jones and Wildfires.
At 8.45 is Loughborough based Singer Songwriter Paris Alexander, who has had a busy summer performing at Nottingham’s Acoustic Rooms, Hallaton Festival and DH Lawrence Festival with Roots Music. Following the release of ‘Identity’ ‘Don’t Cry’ look out for the release of the 20 year old Musicians first upcoming E.P. At 9.20 Emzae needs no introduction to IN Magazine. The 24 year old from Derby released the superb Electronica album Double Life early this year and has featured regularly on BBC Introducing. Emzae will be performing live as part of duo with Mansfield based singer songwriter Simon Waldram. The evening is concluded by Leeds University Student Evie Ward, who has been making her own reputation on the Leicester Music Scene.
The evening is the prelude to an Event in Nottingham at The Maze on the 29th November, featuring Mollie Ralph (pictured), Chloe Rodgers, Bonbinome, Siobhan Mazzei, Rosie Abbott, Paris Alexander, Simon Waldram and Warren Ireland. This is a great night for new up and coming Music and supporting a Fantastic cause.
For More Information
Sophie’s Journey https://www.facebook.com/SophiesCancerJourney/
Sophie’s Journey @ The Maze http://www.themazerocks.com/gig/acoustic-evening-in-aid-of-sophies-journey