Raising £5,000 for children with Cystic Fibrosis
Breathe In… Sing Out!, a concert held at The Point in Eastleigh on 10 October, has raised over £5,000 for children with Cystic Fibrosis in Hampshire. A group of community fundraisers, collectively known as Caden’s Fight, put on the live music event to raise money for Southampton Hospital Charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Singing can be great physiotherapy for people with Cystic Fibrosis, so Caden’s Fight decided they wanted to make a change through music. Breathe In… Sing Out! featured upbeat performances from a range of artists such as power-pop singer Shirin, Open Mic UK winner Iain Scott, the UK’s leading pop and soul choir Love Soul Choir and Cystic Fibrosis sufferer, currently on the transplant waiting list, Charles Michael Duke.
The performances were interjected with emotional videos featuring Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and sufferers’ families, giving their first hand experiences of this serious, debilitating disorder. Shirin even penned & performed a special song called “Breathe In… Sing Out!” for the event.
The brainchild of Matt Bond and Lucy Hayward-John from Southampton, Caden’s Fight was set up after the realisation that the Cystic Fibrosis special care units in Southampton’s hospitals were not heavily financed by the NHS. Matt’s son was born with Meconium Ileus (a blocked bowel) and diagnosed with the genetic disease when he was just five days old, so he became passionate about helping with those essential funds.
Co-founder of Caden’s Fight, Matt Bond, said “We are overwhelmed with the response to our flagship music event and would like to thank our audience members, corporate sponsors and performers for their generosity. We hope that one day CF will stand for ‘Cure Found’ and will keep fighting until it does. ”
Suzie Simmons, fundraising manager at Southampton Hospital Charity, commented: “We are delighted that the Breathe In, Sing Out event was such a huge success, and want to thank our Caden’s Fight fund for organising the show, and for everyone for attending!
“The money raised will help towards new equipment, making the environment more child-friendly, and will also go to research studies to help our current and future patients. This event has really helped to raise awareness of the specialist care provided for children with Cystic Fibrosis. The hospital works closely with families, and provides frequent reviews to detect and treat early potential complications that can affect long term survival and quality of life.”
The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Des and Veronica Scott attended the event, as well as key members of the teams at Southampton Hospital Charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Dr Gary Connett, Director of South Central Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Services, added “We are always humbled when the families and friends of our patients make extraordinary efforts to help make a difference to the lives of the children we care for at Southampton Children’s Hospital. This is exactly what Caden’s Fight did in spades last Saturday. Their excellent, professionally produced ‘Breathe In… Sing Out!’ charity concert was a great success in raising funds and raising the awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. The monies raised will be going towards ongoing research in Cystic Fibrosis to find new and better treatments and to help support the lives of those children living locally who are affected by this condition. Thank-you Caden’s Fight for this great achievement. ”
David Turner, Trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said: “I was blown away by the sheer quality of the acts at ‘Breathe In, Sing Out’, and the enthusiasm of the performers and the audience to make a real difference for everyone affected by cystic fibrosis. Very few people truly understand what it is like living with cystic fibrosis, or how common the faulty gene which causes the disease is. Not only is it raising badly needed funds, Caden’s Fight is doing a brilliant job in increasing awareness of the condition. Everyone in the CF community owes a big ‘thank you’ to the organisers and performers: The passion and commitment on display on Saturday night really will help us beat cystic fibrosis for good!”
Claire Phillips, Community Fundraising Development Manager - South Region said: “On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust I would like to thank Caden’s Fight for their fundraising efforts. Their wonderfully produced concert ‘Breathe In… Sing Out!’ was amazing and without extraordinary supporters like those behind Caden’s Fight we wouldn’t be unable to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments and provide support and care for people with cystic fibrosis and their families. Thank you Caden’s Fight.”
The event was made possible by generous donations from a range of corporate sponsors. The headline sponsor was Southampton-based marine logistics firm, Williams Shipping.
For more information about Caden’s Fight visit www.cadensfight.org.uk