08 April 2016

50 bands for a 50th birthday – drumming up support

Sandi and drums collageA Harpenden woman is marking her 50th birthday with a difference.  Sandi Lowther, who turned 50 in December, decided to attend 50 gigs and have her photo taken on stage with 50 different drum kits during her 51st year – all in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care and in memory of her good friend, Anne Lea.

Sandi explains: “Anne was only 50 when she died and because she used Rennie Grove’s services and we used to fundraise together for charity – it seemed particularly poignant to do something special to mark my own 50th milestone in her memory.  

“I’ve been learning to play the drums for four or five years with Darren Williams at the Drum Den in Harpenden.  I love it and it gave me the inspiration for my 50th fundraiser.  Everyone has been really supportive, including Darren, who has kindly said I can use the studio for a Drum Trio Relay that we’ve named The Tinkerbells’ Tub Thump because Anne and I were known as The Tinkerbells when we did our fundraising together.”

Sandi set out to raise £1,000 and has already topped £1,300 with just 13 more photos to go.

“It’s been great fun so far – though quite a logistical challenge, emailing people and explaining what I’m trying to do so that I can get the photos with bands’ drums kits after the show!”

Sandi started off with a photo of herself and Steve Farmer of Think Floyd - a Pink Floyd Tribute band - back in December and has already racked up a further 37 gigs in the last two months.  Working various hours for Mencap St Albans charity (SNAP) and Fusion Childcare Services in Harpenden including early morning breakfast clubs, she needs to juggle her gig-going with her work commitments and finds it a challenge to fit it all in.

“Trying to do it all on your own can feel quite isolating,” she admitted, “but if it wasn’t a challenge then people might not be so generous with their donations! I’ve lost several friends who have all used Rennie Grove’s services and I wanted to do something quirky to help support those crucial services.”

Despite having smashed her target, Sandi plans to keep on fundraising. Read more about her challenge, see her photos and donate towards her total at www.justgiving.com/Sandi-Lowther3

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