Posted on 26th February 2019
Music and mirth are the perfect medicine at memorial concert
Music and mirth will prove to be ‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ next month at a very special concert staged by the Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club.
The Lea Graham Quartet, responsible for countless charity concerts over the past three decades, is creating a bespoke programme for this special evening of music and entertainment.
The eclectic programme will feature everything from show tunes to folk songs, popular operetta to The Beatles – with a healthy dose of humour added to the mix.
Staging the concert, Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club are honouring Dr Ben Ross, a Burgess Hill doctor who treated numerous patients at local surgeries over many years. Dr Ross passed away last year and his Rotary Club together with the Lea Graham Quartet wanted to honour his memory with a musical tribute in support of a charity close to his heart.
“This is a really great way to celebrate Ben’s life,” says friend and fellow Rotarian Jack Bennett. “He loved his local community, and so it is fitting to fundraise in his name. The Lea Graham Quartet is bound to take the roof of Burgess Hill Girls with their uplifting programme, and I’m sure there will be a barrel of laughs to enjoy too. We hope everyone will come along to kick off Spring in style.”
Dr Ross’ wife, Heather, said: “Ben loved music and this is a very fitting way to remember a very well known and dearly loved man and at the same time raise much needed funds for St Peter & St James Hospice.
Quartet members are Belinda Sharp, Susan Fleet, Chris Simms and David Farmer, who will also act as compere. Geraldine Rowland will be the accompanist.
Funds raised at the concert will go to St Peter & St James Hospice, which provides expert and compassionate hospice care to adults in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Lewes and the surrounding villages.
‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ will take place at Burgess Hill Girls, Keymer Road at 7.30pm on Friday 5 April. Tickets are available for £10 from Tim & Lyn, Burgess Hill Family Funerals, 82 Church Walk or by calling Jack Bennett on 01444 232310.
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "