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Bo TB Judges Ed Mac Farlane Ed Gibson Chantal Abel Harry Judd Danny Jones

Bo TB Godfrey

Bo TB Godfrey Drummer Charlie Tominey

Bo TB The WhalesBand members from all three Harpenden senior schools were winners at the Battle of the Bands 2014 event in Harpenden Public Halls on Saturday night. The youngest band, The Whales, from St George's School, whose members are aged 12 and 13, won the prize for 'Best Cover Performance'. Godfrey, with band members from both Roundwood Park School and Sir John Lawes School, won the award for 'Best Original Composition and Performance' they are 'Band of Bands 2014'.
 
The other bands taking part were ATLAS and Threshold both from Roundwood Park School, the Blue Tongued Skinks from Beaumont School St Albans, and Red Horizon from St George's School.
 
In addition to celebrity presenter Georgia Horsley and judges Harry Judd, Chantal Abel, Edd Gibson and Ed MacFarlane, the audience of over 320 were treated to a surprise guest appearance by another of Harry Judd's McFly/McBusted band mates Danny Jones, who joined the judging panel; Danny and Georgia are engaged to be married.
 
The judging was done X Factor style, with presenter Georgia inviting each band to the front of the stage after their performance to receive their feedback. The judges complimented all of the bands on outstanding performances and said that it had been very difficult to choose the winners. In his concluding remarks Harry Judd said that the judges had enjoyed the event so much that they would love to return for another Battle of the Bands in 2015!
 
The event was organised by Harpenden Lions with Izzy and Harry Judd to raise money for the Eyes Alight Appeal for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). The money raised will go towards new facilities at Kent House in Aylesbury, a specialist residential centre providing continuing rehabilitation and specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury. Preliminary estimates are that a sum of nearly £3,500 was raised for the charity.
 
The Eyes Alight appeal was set up by Izzy and her family after her brother Rupert Johnston suffered serious brain injury in a near fatal car accident. Rupert, who is a resident at Kent House, attended Battle of the Bands with his carer, celebrated his birthday on Saturday and was treated to a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from the audience before drawing the winning raffle prize numbers.
 
Winning Band details
Best Cover Performance - The Whales from St George's School playing 'The Boys are Back in Town' and 'Holiday'. Band members: Henry Andralojc (age 12, Bass Guitar/ Vocals), Ben Wells (13, Drums), Charlie Mortimer (12, Lead Guitar), Will Jones (12, Rhythm Guitar). They win tickets to see McBusted on their forthcoming UK tour.
 
Best Original Composition and Performance (Band of Bands 2014) - Godfrey, with members from both Roundwood Park and Sir John Lawes Schools, playing 'Castaway'. Band members: Mark Pettit (age 17, Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals), Hugh Pettit (17, Bass Guitar), Bill Brooks (17, Lead Guitar/ Vocals), Charlie Tominey (16, Drums). They win Airplay on BBC 3 Counties Radio, plus a day at the Elstree UTC professional recording studio and they will be featured on BandApp.


Harry Izzy And RupertAbout the Eyes Alight Appeal

The Eyes Alight appeal raises money for men and women with brain injuries who use the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) services and community houses. The money raised will give those undergoing brain injury rehabilitation something to enjoy or look forward to as they go through the daunting and difficult process of brain injury rehabilitation.

Why the appeal was set up

The appeal was set up by Izzy Judd and her family. Izzy's brother, Rupert, lives in Kent House, having been seriously injured in a road accident in 1997.

"Eyes Alight is totally inspired by my brother Rupert who suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a car accident. Rupert's story is just one of so many stories about people who, sadly, are going through long term brain injury rehabilitation. After talking to other service users at Kent House, I learned that there were things that would make a big difference to their lives. For example, laptops to help them keep in touch with their family and friends, developing a sensory garden for everyone to enjoy and providing music therapy sessions which are both fun and an aid to rehabilitation. By supporting the Eyes Alight Appeal, together we can make brain injury rehabilitation a little bit brighter."

- Izzy Judd

How the Appeal has helped so far

So far, through the money raised by the Eyes Alight Appeal, we have been able to achieve many things which have made our service users "Eyes Alight," including

  • purchasing new IT equipment, such as ipads, Xbox Kinect and laptops for service users.
  • supporting service users to go on extra special trips, for example, a show in London, a visit to their favourite football team and a meet and greet session with their favourite band.
  • Funding Items to help service users pursue their passions, for example, a digital piano and art equipment.
  • making improvements to communal gardens and other shared facilities

Going Forward

Going forward, we want to raise money to provide additional items that will help communication such as iPads, iPhones and smart TVs. We also promote fitness and many of those we support have said that they would like green gyms and Wiis with fitness additions and to continue with group music therapy.

Support the Appeal

You can make an online donation to the Eyes Alight Appeal here or you can send a cheque made out to "The Eyes Alight Appeal" to The Disabilities Trust, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NP.

To request a fundraising pack, please email fundraising@thedtgroup.org or telephone 0144 237 286.

Doing your own Fundraising

In response to popular demand, we have developed a few items that will help you with your fundraising efforts for Eyes Alight. Whether you're putting on an event, or taking part in one to raise money, you can use our templates to help.

We have a poster template for you to print out at home, and to add your own details to and also two transferable T-shirt prints which can be used for printing on iron-on paper at home to any t-shirt that you want to use. (Hint: They work well on a white or lighter coloured t-shirt!)

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Eyes Alight T-shirt Transfer
'Birds' design

Eyes Alight T-Shirt Transfer
'Tree' Design

Eyes Alight Poster

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