Local grandfather leads concert as a thank you to NICU

Dursley man Brian Tocknell’s grand-daughter was born 3 months prematurely last year, weighing just 1lb 8oz.  Little Tess Gibbs then had to spend 100 days in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before she was strong enough to go home.  To thank the NICU staff who cared for Tess, Brian and his fellow members of the Dursley Male Voice Choir are hosting a special concert next month at Bristol’s prestigious St George’s concert hall to raise money for us.  Everyone is welcome.

“Tess was tiny when she was born.” Explains Brian.  “She could fit into the palm of my hand.  But thanks to the incredible care that Tess received whilst in Southmead NICU, she is one of the very lucky ones - despite her early start in life, she has no ongoing problems that some premature babies  have and is now a healthy, happy young toddler.  We wanted to do something to say thank you.  The choir are happy to support this and to raise money for such a good cause.”

Brian, 69, is chairman of the Dursley Male Voice Choir who have prepared a fantastic selection of popular classical and contemporary music for the ‘Songs for NICU’ concert on 16 October.

“We’ll be singing a range of songs including Everley Brothers’ numbers, a medley from Les Miserables, and some folk songs.  We’ve also got a couple of special soloist guests joining us – Mark Llewelyn Evans who has a magnificent baritone voice, and the wonderful soprano Victoria Joyce.

“Everyone is welcome at the concert.  I can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon than listening to some wonderful live singing – and all helping to raise money to help other premature babies like Tess.” adds Brian.

‘Songs for NICU’ is at 3pm on Sunday 16 October at St George’s, Bristol.  Tickets are £15 and £10 (plus fees) and are available from St George’s box office, or via the website: http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/songs-for-nicu/

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