On 26th June in Launceston's Victorian Market, a special fund raising event for a charity called C P Sport took place.
Local musicians and supporters of Launceston's Acoustic Cafe kindly gave up their free time to perform a variety of acts in the sweltering heat to support Bethany Sargent's very worthy cause.
In this picture from left to right is Jamie Murphy on guitar, Mike Osborne vocals, Chris Sargent who is Beth's dad and event organiser, Bethany Sargent, Julie Platt who is Beth's auntie and also event organiser.
Bethany Sargent wants to help people with Cerebral Palsy
Beth is a courageous and inspiring young lady who is now able to realize how lucky she is. Bethany is proving that with the right help, support and encouragement, handicaps can be overcome, levels of confidence can be raised and happiness is achievable.
Bethany who is 11 years old, wants to help others less fortunate than herself by raising money for the charity C P Sport.
Bethany is taking on a challenge which most fit and able bodied people would shy away from. Walking the Two Moors Way is an incredible journey of 120 miles over some tough terrain across Dartmoor in south Devon and Exmoor in the north of the county.
Can you remember the last time you twisted an ankle, stubbed a toe or knocked a shinbone? I bet it hurt. Hobbling around moaning and groaning, hardly able to stand up. I do too. Now imagine living your life everyday like that. I don't want to either.
Bethany Sargent and other people like her deserve a huge amount of respect and recognition.
Here is Bethany to tell you her story.
Alex "Wendal" Wilson playing guitar with Chloe Arscott singing.
Alex and Chloe have been playing together for about nine months and perform a range of cover songs including
"You make it real"-James Morrison
"Gotta get thru this"-Daniel Bedingfeild
They are also writing their own material which will be recorded soon. Alex and Chloe are well known to supporters of the Acoustic Cafe at Jerichos in Launceston. Chloe tells me "We really enjoy doing the acoustic cafe's and the other gigs we have done in the past, and we are just doing what we love so it couldn't really be better :)" Today Alex and Chloe were very pleased to support Bethany Sargent and her efforts to raise money for helping others. When not playing Alex was also monitoring the sound system and ensuring that everything sounded just right. Well done to both of you.
Marcus Cole playing guitar, Hanah Dawe playing the keyboard and singing and Isaac Haynes playing the congas.
Three talented youngsters who regularly come together in the name of great music played on Saturday and again thrilled the audience with cover songs and one song which Hanah has written herself.
"Wounds that would never heal"
They look pretty cool and sound amazing.
Jeff "the horse" Horsey
Jeff describes himself as a "One man blues show" and enjoys playing blues, roots and folk rock music. Jeff has had a lot of experience in the musical arena including forming and fronting the local blues band
Jeff was was obviously keen to help Bethany raise as much money as she could for Cerebral Palsy Sport and put on a great show for the audience.
Jeff will be performing again at Penstowe on 24th July,
Acoustic Cafe in Truro on 7th August,
The Rising Sun in Gunnislake on 13th August and back again to
Jerichos Acoustic Cafe in Launceston 26th August.
James Corachea playing guitar
James from Trebarwith is an amazing guitar player who has developed his own unique style which is very unusual.
James played a combination of his own compositions, "Confidence" and "To Feel Your Embrace" and also covers including,
"Little Meggie" by Michael Gulezian,
"Blasting Cap" by Preston Reed and
"Man In The Mirror" (Michael Jackson arrangement) by Tuck Andress
As well as taking part in this charitable event James also very kindly donated some money from the proceeds of selling his CD on the day.
Jamie Murphy on guitar and Mike Osborne on guitar and vocals
Although Jamie and Mike are good friends and have known each other for a long time this was the first time they had played together. They had a quick rehearsal a few moments before and then blew us away with their covers which included
"Hey Ya" by OutKast
"Message in a bottle" by the Police
"Come together" by the Beatles
"The way you make me feel" by MIchael Jackson
Bethany Sargent and her fundraising event in Launceston
Many people put in a great deal of effort to make this a successful event and I think it is a very big well done to all of you who contributed to this event with your time, energy and donations.
Musicians; Alex and Chloe, Hanah, Marcus and Isaac, Jeff, Jamie, Mike and James
Equipment was provided by Acoustic Cafe and Mike Osborne
The event was organised by Chris and Julie
Donations from the general public
If you would like to help Bethany to help others by making a donation online and to find out more about how C P Sport helps to change lives please visit the C P Sport website
The star of the show and the reason for this event happening is Bethany Sargent.
We would all like to wish you the very best of luck on your journey along the Two Moors Way and on your personal journey through life.
Bethany's charity walk starts at Wembury near Plymouth on 24th July 2010
Good Luck Bethany.
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