Hospital music festival raises more than £13,000 for Prostate Cancer Appeal

The Great Brunel Buskathon 2017 total

Southmead Hospital Charity’s Buskathon event has raised a record amount of £13,350 during a month long live music festival.

The Great Brunel Buskathon was held in the atrium of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building during June.

It featured 90 live performances from choirs, bands, classical musicians and dancing groups – all raising money for the charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

As part of Buskathon, the hospital also hosted BBC Music Day which brought together singers from 60 choirs from across the south west in a series of live broadcasts on the BBC, also featuring jazz saxophonist YolanDa.

There were also performances in Broadmead and John Lewis, and Let’s Rock Bristol donated tickets to the charity which raised more than £3,000.









Highlights included:

  • Lady Imelda – Drag artist and former West End performer who belted out the classic hits as well as some musical numbers.
  • Fingers Potter. Jazz pianist. Since his wife died last year Fingers has dedicated himself to performing in the hospital as a healing process for himself and others, as his wife Mollie was so fond of the live music in the hospital during her time here.
  • Toby Brewer – 16-year-old Toby Brewer, who sings show tunes and swing hits, was born prematurely and spent the first weeks of his life in NICU at Southmead Hospital.
  • Storm Force 10, sea shanty choir, singing traditional songs of the sea and Bristol.
  • Jessica Diamond – Accomplished and up and coming Electro-pop Violin Soloist
  • Emily Holloway – Strictly Emily will be performing ballroom dancing with a Strictly theme with various partners.
  • The Melody Makers Choir won our Facebook poll of most popular performer.
  • Horfield Primary School Choir, Bristol Free School, Westbury Park Primary School.
  • Signature Dance School

You can watch videos from the Buskathon perfomances on our Facebook page by searching Southmead Hospital Charity.

Adrian Brown, Community Appeals Manager, said: “This year’s Buskathon has exceeded expectations and provided a month of spectacular live music to entertain and uplift our staff, visitors and patients.

“Not only have we raised a significant amount for our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal but we have enhanced the experience of coming into hospital for patients and visitors to create a more healing environment.

“Thank you to the performers who gave their time and talent and to everyone who donated.

“Buskathon returns for a Christmas special throughout December with more live acts performing in and out of the hospital.”

The Prostate Cancer Care Appeal aims to raise £2million to purchase two new robots for the hospital to meet growing demand, fund new diagnostic and treatment options and to support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons - improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer. 

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