Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Virtual concert to fight meningitis

Andy Hopkinson | 10th June 2021

Five musical acts are uniting to raise money for us and three other good causes through a virtual concert – and there’s still time to bag your ticket for the event and get the best seats in the house

Hearts in Harmony fundraising concert for Meningitis Now

The Hearts in Harmony virtual charity concert will take place on Tuesday 6 July, and features performances from five different musical acts from across Derbyshire and Yorkshire, with the aim of reaching a global audience. It will be available to stream until 25 July.

The three-hour event spans a range of musical genres influenced by folk and jazz and will see the acts - Rare Occasion, Offshoots, Some Antics, New Horizons and Blair Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings MBE - each performing sets specially recorded for the event, which will be compered by guitarist Gordon Giltrap MBE.

Hopes to raise £20,000 

The event hopes to raise £20,000 which will be split between four charities which have directly supported the lives of the performers’ loved ones – Meningitis Now, Blood Cancer UK, Hft and ThisIsLuke.

Inspiration for the event came from Nigel Corbett, who plays the fiddle in the band Rare Occasion. His brother Kit has been supported by Hft.

He said: “We’re so looking forward to Hearts in Harmony and hope to raise funds that will support Hft and our other three charities to continue their important work.”

Luke’s story

Many of our supporters will know the story of Luke, who lost his hands and legs to meningococcal meningitis when he contracted the disease in December 2019.

Following a five-month hospital stay – during which he had 23 operations – Luke, 7, was able to return home to Skipton.

Rugby mad Luke, who played in the junior team at Skipton RFC, has been supported by the whole rugby family, who have helped to raise funds to ensure he can live his life to the fullest.

His father Adam said: “Luke constantly amazes us with the way he handles all the new challenges in his life.”

Please join us

Leah Wynn, our Fundraising Officer, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as one of the charities supported by the Hearts in Harmony concert.

“Please join us if you can at what promises to be a memorable event.”

Tickets for Hearts in Harmony cost £15 for up to two people watching and £20 for more and can be purchased from The concert will begin streaming at 7pm on Tuesday 6 July.