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
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
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
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
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
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
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
About 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!)
Eyes Alight T-shirt Transfer
Eyes Alight T-Shirt Transfer
Eyes Alight Poster