Category Archives: Fifty Fifty 2012

Signed Limahl CD raising funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

BIG thanks to Limahl who has kindly donated a signed KajaGooGoo signed ‘best of’ CD/DVD, a signed copy of ‘The Never Ending Story’ (he sang the title track), a signed photo and a signed good luck photo which takes pride of place on my new Wall page.

NB If you’re a Stoke City fan like me you may replace the chorus with ‘Tuncay, shy shy, Huth, Huth, Abdoulaye’

Fundraising totals update

Thanks to a very generous soul, my fundraising total for Children with Cancer UK ahead of the Staines 10K now tops over £170 🙂

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

Big thanks to them and all who have supported/spread the word so far.

Over on the charity auctions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK a load of requests have gone out to various bands/comedians/sports people I like. Already had a pledge of a signed DVD from John Bishop who completed a grueling cycle/row/run from Paris to London for Sports Relief. A short excerpt of his running:

I was so inspired I am up for another marathon! What a great effort on his behalf and over £3m raised.

http://www.johnbishoponline.com

Signed Brotherhood Of Man flyers charity auctions

One of three kindly donated by the band is now online here will all funds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK  – another online now for Children with Cancer UK. Big thanks to Brotherhood Of Man for kindly donating these. More goodies soon!

Go Gold in May for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

For more on this please visit the Make-A-Wish website for my run in May I am planning to wear something suitably golden!

Go Gold is a new addition to the fundraising calendar and we are asking you to persuade your friends, schools, workplaces, and social clubs to hold gold themed events or to wear gold (yellow/orange) on any day in May.

The campaign is being backed by well-known actor Warwick Davis (Willow, Star Wars, Harry Potter), who says: “Make-A-Wish is a brilliant charity and I’m really excited to be involved with the Go Gold campaign. Getting sponsored to wear gold or organising a gold-themed event during May is a really simple way of supporting Make-A-Wish and something that the whole family can get involved with. I hope that everyone will join me in helping this fantastic charity.”

Sarah Shearman, Make-A-Wish Community Fundraising Manager, says: “By taking part in Go Gold you can help Make-A-Wish bring magic, hope, smiles and memories to some very special children. We hope to be granting 1,000 magical wishes this year so every gold pound coin really does help!”

Whether you cover yourself head to toe in gold accessories or simply purchase a Make-A-Wish pin badge, help us to grant magical wishes by going gold!

Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills (Waking the Witch) News Update March 2012‏

(Kind supporters of my fundraising – extremely talented and enjoyable folk duo)

Hello Everybody!

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! We hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Just a quick note to bring you up to date with our news.

Becky Mills and myself have been busy gigging all over the country. Thanks to all of you who have come along to the shows, joined in singing, helped us carry our gear, put us up, joined the mailing list, bought us sherry, etc! What a superb time we have had! We have been constantly reminded of how lucky we are to play music for a living.

Here’s a few links to what reviewers have been saying about the live performances:

http://www.remotegoat.co.uk/review_view.php?uid=8254

http://www.allanwilkinson.co.uk/node/2203

http://www.leedsmusicscene.net/article/16234/

http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2012/02/patsy-matheson-becky-mills-maltings-farnham-monday-20th-february-2012/ 

We have several dates left on this current tour including Appletreewick (North Yorkshire) tonight, Preston (tomorrow), Milton Keynes, Manningtree, Hebden Bridge, Hartlepool (me solo as special guest of Jason Feddy), Godalming, Hinckley (nr Leicester), Pickering and festival appearances at:

Barnsley Acoustic Festival on Easter Sunday  www.barnsleyacoustic.co.uk,

Bristol Folk Festival on May Bank Holiday (Mon 7th May) www.bristolfolkfestival.com,

Friday 25th May, The Acoustic Festival of Britain www.acousticfestival.co.uk

Sat 26th May – Lincoln Beer Festival, The Drill Hall  www.lincolncamra.org.uk/beerfest2012.htm

Sat 7th July – Heptonstall Festival

Saturday 1st September – Lanark Connections Festival

We were joined onstage in Otley by the amazing Finn McArdle on percussion and Jon Short on double bass  – who together make up what is probably the coolest, meanest rhythm section in the country – and are delighted to announce that they will again be accompanying us at Bristol Folk Festival and the Acoustic Festival of Britain.

These are all fantastic events! It would be great to see you there. Details are on the gigs page at www.patsymatheson.co.uk or www.beckymills.co.uk

Stories of Angels & Guitars

 

The new CD ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars’  can be purchased either CD or download version from Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stories-Angels-Guitars-Patsy-Matheson/dp/B006BJ5THI

Here’s what people have said about it:

There’s an overcrowded market in the UK of female singer-songwriter-guitarists, but Patsy Matheson stands out for the quality of her singing and more importantly, her songwriting…her best songs are thoughtful, delicate and impressively original’ – Robin Denselow, The Guardian

‘There is something of a light-voiced female John Martyn about Patsy Matheson’s singing on So The Same, an impressive and original track on her new album Stories of Angels & Guitars… her sensitive lyrics and strong singing just click.’ – Martin Chilton, The Telegraph

“If I still had a radio show, I’d be playing this CD.”   – Andy Kershaw

Full versions of these and other reviews are on the website at:

http://www.patsymatheson.co.uk/reviews.php

So far it has received some great radio play, including spins from Mike Harding on his Radio 2 Folk Show (he said ‘The lass has got a lovely voice – this song (Hundred Guitars) is one of those great songs that tells a story but does it in a very subtle way’), and many of the other BBC local folk show presenters, including The Durbervilles at BBC Radio Leeds, Genevieve Tudor at BBC Radio Shropshire, Phil Brown at The Drift on BBC Radio Lancashire, Johnny Coppin at BBC Radio Gloucesterhire, Gordon Swindlehurst at BBC Radio Cumbria and Judi Spiers at BBC Radio Devon who made it her album of the week! Long may local radio continue!

Big thanks also to other shows who have featured it, especially Richard Bolland at www.pureradio.org.uk on his Roots & Fusion show who has played it loads!

Interviews

We’ve also been doing a fair few interviews whilst we’ve been on the road.

Here’s me with Ross at Celtic Music Radio, where Stories & Angels Guitars was album of the week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzHdfmCJbqM

Plus Bex & me chatting to our friend Allan Wilkinson at Northern Sky

http://www.allanwilkinson.co.uk/node/2193

And live with Jon Short being interviewed by the lovely Trevor Dann at the Proper Music Podcast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AGhQXRO1qQ

Dont forget Becky and I are both on Facebook regularly, so do send us a friend request if you haven’t already done so! We’re on Twitter, so you can follow us there too!

We look forward to catching you along the way!

Best wishes

Patsy & Bex  xx

www.patsymatheson.co.uk

Fri 16th March – Grassington, Appletreewick, Craven Arms www.craven-cruckbarn.co.uk

Sat 17th March – Preston, New Continental  www.newcontinental.net

Fri 23rd March – Milton Keynes, The Stables   www.stables.org

Sun 25th March – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club   www.thetradesclub.com

Thursday 4th April – Godalming, Farncombe, Farncombe Tavern www.thefarncombecavern.co.uk

Sunday 8th April – Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival www.barnsleyacoustic.co.uk

Friday 13th April – Hinckley, Hinckley ACT  www.hinckleyact.co.uk

Saturday 14th April – Pickering, Newton upon Rawcliffe, Village Hall Dennis.Wilcock@btopenworld.com

Mon 7th May – Bristol Folk Festival – www.bristolfolkfestival.com

May 25th-27th Acoustic Festival of Britain – Uttoxeter Race Course www.acousticfestival.co.uk

Thurs 21st June – Grassington Fringe Festival, Appletreewick, Craven ArmsSat 7th July – Heptonstall Festival

Signed copy of Danny Peyronel’s ‘Make The Monkey Dance’

Kindly donated  and signed by Danny Peyronel (X-UFO/UFO/HEAVY METAL KIDS) a special collector’s version of his solo CD ‘Make The Monkey Dance’ originally released in 2004 and available only at gigs. You can bid on it here

BIG thanks to Danny and look out for more signed goodies soon 🙂

http://www.dannypeyronel.info/

http://www.x-ufo.co.uk

Some of the recent wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

You can read more about them here on their website but I have posted a couple below:

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Cariad loves dancing – her favourite show is Strictly Come Dancing.  It wasn’t a surprise to discover that her heartfelt wish was to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and meet the dancing celebrities…

Cariad travelled with Dionne and Dad Jeremy  from her home in Southampton and spent the day in Cardiff enjoying afternoon tea and sampling a new cuisine – Chinese – before taking her seat to watch the live show, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Dionne told us: “She was very excited; she loves dancing and even wants to do wheelchair dancing.”  She met some of the stars of the show, as well as a couple of the judges, as you can see from our pictures.

Cariad has to sleep on a ventilator, has physiotherapy every day and is looked after by two nurses, but Mum Dionne explains “this is just normal life for us – we don’t know any different”.

Last word goes to Dionne: Strictly Come Dancing is Cariad’s favourite show and Chelsee is her favourite celebrity dancer, so meeting her was the icing on the cake. Cariad even said ‘this is the best day of my life’ and it really was; when we got home she cried because it was over!”

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Newcastle United fan Ryan, 15, was born prematurely with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (an abnormal connection between the oesophagus and the trachea). We recently granted his wish to meet his idol – Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

Ryan’s first surprise was a visit from Alan to his home in Dudley. Ryan’s Mum, Amanda, said: “His face was a picture when Alan arrived. Ryan asked hundreds of questions and told jokes. Alan was lovely, he gave Ryan his personal training shirt and even signed it for him.” The next day Ryan was given a tour of Newcastle United’s training ground and was able to have lunch with Alan and a few players, before being given Tim Krul’s signed goalie gloves and a huge bag of goodies. Then it was on to the Newcastle United versus Queens Park Rangers match where he sat in the directors’ box and got to meet the Toon chairman and coaches.

Amanda said: “The look on Ryan’s face throughout the weekend was absolutely priceless, especially following his recent surgery in November.”

Ryan has had to undergo many operations over the past 15 years, including a full gastrectomy and surgery to treat a Diaphragmatic Hernia. He also has Epilepsy, has been left deaf after contracting Meningitis and for the past four years he has been fed intravenously.

Amanda said: “Ryan’s wish was absolutely amazing and turned into a dream come true weekend. He absolutely loved the training and meeting everyone, being in a posh seat and watching the match, but the icing on the cake was Alan Pardew coming to visit him at home! Ryan is still on cloud nine. He has said it is such a special memory he will never forget!”

“Make-A-Wish is amazing for children like Ryan whose lives revolve around hospital and treatments or operations. To do something they have always dreamed of and have wonderful memories is fantastic.”

Welcome

Welcome to my blog covering my fundraising and also related news items from the charities I have fund raised for in the past/present plus some interviews with fellow fundraisers and musicians/authors/celebrities who have kindly donated items for my auctions. Feel free to browse away and post a comment if you want, feedback always welcome.

For 2012 I am doing the Staines 10K on Sunday May 13th raising funds for Children with Cancer UK and all year I am raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK through signed EBay items donated by bands/authors/celebrities.