Big Beat for Hospice drumathon launched

Margaret Simpson of Hospice with Martin Rigbyand Jonny Peacock

Margaret Simpson of Hospice with Martin Rigbyand Jonny Peacock

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The official launch of an endurance drumming challenge to take place in October was launched last week at Jabberwocky in Douglas.

The Big Beat For Hospice, as the title suggests, is raising funds in support of the Isle of Man’s hospice.

The event taking place at the Promenade Suite in the Villa Marina, Douglas, from Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, will see the participants play drums, in unison, for more than 48 hours – an endurance challenge never before attempted in the Isle of Man.

The team of drummers includes Martin Rigby, Andy James, John Cleator, Andy Frankland-Davies, Noah Egelnick, Ben O’Hare, Steve Leach, Jon Peacock and Lee Stevens.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the feat and have a go at playing the drums or simply enjoy the music.

It is hoped that the event will raise £60,000.

Margaret Simpson, chief executive of Hospice, said: ‘We are extraordinarily touched that these young men have got together and come up with a new and unusual way of supporting our charity that will be remembered for a very long time.’

A film by Selina Hooper explaining what the event is all about was shown at the launch.

Meanwhile, wristbands with the word Smile – the song Smile is synonymous with the late Katherine Crowe – are on sale from Hospice and its shops, Pulrose Post Office, Creek Inn, Peel, and Jaks in Douglas. They are on sale for a minimum £2 donation with all proceeds going to The Big Beat for Hospice.

To find out more about the event, visit or follow BBFH on Facebook or hospice on Facebook or Twitter.

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