Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, and Tracie Smith, County Councillor for Chester-le-Street North, attended a concert on Saturday evening (28 September) to raise funds for Sara’s Hope Foundation.

The Foundation runs a holiday retreat in Crete in honour of Sara Hoburn who lost her battle against cancer aged 16. In an effort to raise funds, the Durham Miners Association Brass Band offered their services for a charity concert in conjunction with Agape, who also performed. The Salvation Army very kindly hosted the event at the Citadel in Chester-le-Street.

Mr. Jones said, “I am very pleased to be able to show my support for this excellent cause and would like to congratulate all involved in making the evening such a success.”

Councillor Smith said, “It was a lovely evening and an amazing £2500 has been raised.”

Alan Taylor from the Durham Miners Association Brass Band, who organised the event, added, “This fundraising event brought together a lot of organisations in the Chester le Street area for a very worthy cause and I wish to thank all who supported it.”

In the photograph below, which is courtesy of Chester-le-Street Salvation Army, Kevan is pictured with, from left to right, Clive Stirling, Bandmaster, Chester-le-Street Salvation Army; Alan Taylor, Durham Miners Association Brass Band; Andrew Clarke, Chair, Sara’s Hope Foundation; Cllr Tracie Smith; Duncan Wakeling, Percussionist for Durham Miners Association Brass Band