Charity concert pulls in pounds for National Autistic Society

Performers and supporters with Steve Webb MP at the concert (Credit Hannah Timm)

Performers and supporters with Steve Webb MP at the concert (Credit Hannah Timm)

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A CHARITY concert went down a storm in Thornbury, raising more than £200 for charity.

The town’s Baptist Church hosted a concert on Saturday, April 5 to raise vital funds for the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Thornbury resident and musician Gemma Cao organised the concert to raise money and awareness of Autism.

She works for the NAS in Alveston and in her spare time plays and teaches the clarinet.

More than 50 people attended the fundraiser, which featured performers of all ages, including nine year-old Timothy Mitchell, who played a recorder duet with his mother Jane, a piano solo and a clarinet piece. Other performers included school student Alice Hunt who performed an oboe piece and singer Louise Hambley-Smith who joined local pianist Olwen Wonnacott in a grand finale.

MP for Thornbury and Yate Steve Webb, who welcomed the audience at the start, said: “I congratulate Gemma on putting together this concert and for raising such a worthwhile sum.

“I’m also grateful to local businesses who donated raffle prizes and to everyone who took part to make it such an enjoyable evening – we clearly have a lot of musical talent in Thornbury.”

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