A concert to bring ‘better days’ for kids

sp90137 Charity Rock Concert at Somercotes.
sp90137 Charity Rock Concert at Somercotes.

TALENTED youngsters from Swanwick Hall School are banding together for a charity concert that will give children who care for ill relatives the chance of a fun break.

School friends Paige Seabridge and Jake Mayhew, both aged 15 and from Somercotes, helped to organise the gig in July which will feature seven other musical acts from the school.

All proceeds will go to fund an Action For Children activity weekend at Dukes Barn, Beeley, Matlock, to give Derby Young Carers a break from caring for sick relatives.

Proud mum Suzy Seabridge said: “All the young people are passionate about the cause. It’s to help other people their own age have some fun in their difficult situation.

“Paige wanted to do something significant for a local charity and Action For Children really struck a chord.”

Paige, currently studying a BTEC in music, performs as acoustic duo Better Days Ahead with Jake and will be appearing at the concert.

She said: “We thought we would like to make a real difference. The charity helps children who are our age and are looking after their parents full-time. It was a joint choice, we both thought it would be a good idea.

“There are a few groups at school so we invited them, and we have met people along the way at open mic nights on the local pub circuit.”

Better Days Ahead formed about eight months ago and are also set to compete in the Rotary Club’s Amber Valley’s Got Talent semi-finals on June 5.

Jake added: “We have two of our own songs and are working on some more.” The duo say that acoustic songs from top group like Florence and the Machine, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon are their inspiration.

Appearing alongside them will be soloists Rhianna Mayhew, Ciaran Wilson, Elliot Brown and Katy Marsden, the band Point of No Reason, featuring James Lamb, Charlotte Hannibal, Shaun Brown and Declan Kitts, acoustic duo Charlotte Pynegar and Livvy Bestwickle and Tell The World, featuring Samuel Wright and Elliott Wheeler.

Suzy added: “They get a fab response wherever they go. Yes, I know I’m her mum – but if she had rubbish vocals I would tell her! Jake is a wizard on guitar too.”

The concert will be held on Saturday, July 9, at the Black Horse, Somercotes. Tickets are £3 and £2 for under-12s. It starts at 7.30pm and finishes around 11.30pm.

Tickets are on sale at the venue or by contacting Better Days Ahead on Facebook.