11th February, 2017
On Saturday 28th January a unique fundraising gig took place at The Grapes in Cambridge raising £228 for Headway Cambridgeshire.
The event ‘Come to me, brain’ aimed to promote awareness of our brains through experimental music and video art, and was masterminded by Headway Cambridgeshire Trustee, Fergus Gracey. The gig featured the debut performance, and EP launch, of Fergus’ band ‘Manilla Filters’. They brought their dark uplifting beats to proceedings, whilst disorienting support was provided by ‘err ray’. Carolyne Threadgold provided artistic inspirations (and the title of the event) and John Quinn lit the place up with his video mixing and projection art.
The evening was a great success, with fantastic and inspiring music and visuals, plenty of dancing and a large amount of money donated to make a difference to the lives of people with a brain injury.
Of the event and the amount raised, Fergus said:
“I’m so overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who came and supported the event, and gave their money. As a Trustee of Headway Cambridgeshire I meet many people living with the effects of a brain injury. These can be really wide ranging and so we need to tailor our services very carefully to meet the needs of each individual. This money can help us to do that, so I would like to thank everyone that donated, as well as Sandy at The Grapes for supporting the event.”
“ I struggled with a lot of issues, especially how I felt my father’s personality had changed and Headway Cambridgeshire helped me a lot at that time in my life. They made me feel much less alone and I’ll always be grateful for that. ”