Support please for the Loony's fae Fife!!
The Scottish Brass Band Association are pleased to promote a daring act of bravery at noon on New Year's Day when five members of Kingdom Brass will take an icy plunge into the Firth of Forth from the Esplanade Beach in Kirkcaldy, to raise money for the UK charity SANDS (Still and Neonatal Death Society).
Loony Dook Kingdom Style.
The affectionately termed ‘Loony Dook' is becoming a popular Scottish tradition in a number of areas across the country and has been the inspiration and stimulus for raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities over the years. For Kingdom Brass, this dramatic start to 2013 was the brainchild of trombonist Bill Sandell, and after initial disbelief at his suggestion, a courageous quintet was recruited, including percussionist Greta Hogan, cornet player Margaret Smith and the band's trombone section - Chris Mansfield, Dave Fame and Bill Sandell. To mark the occasion with a true brass band twist, the trombone trio will perform a special arrangement of "A Guid New Year" using pBones (www.pbone.co.uk) kindly donated by Warwick Music Ltd (www.warwickmusic.com).
SANDS (www.uk-sands.org) was chosen for the focus charity as its remarkable support work holds a firm place in the hearts of Bill Sandell's family, and therefore a befitting motivation for the Kingdom Brass members. The group is trying to raise as much money as possible and hope that the watery challenge they face will encourage others to support their efforts by making a donation. To simplify the process, a special online link has been set up (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/kingdombones) where donations can be made securely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it only takes a minute to donate, yet can help families for a lifetime.
Kingdom trombonist and ‘co-dooker', Dave Frame commented "SANDS is a wonderful charity which helps families deal with the tragedy of the loss of a child. We are proud to be taking this step in supporting their work which has such a personal link for us as a band. To help us raise a significant amount of money, we appeal to everyone to visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/kingdombones and make a donation of any amount - through their generosity they really can make a marked difference to families across the UK.
Jumping into the Firth of Forth on New Year's Day is definitely going to be a challenge, but with huge thanks to Matt Pope of Warwick Music Ltd for his enthusiastic donation of the pBones, I'm sure we will be able to overcome our trepidation of the icy temperatures through the warming sounds of our special version of "A Guid New Year" - if nothing else, it will entertain the crowds and hopefully take our minds off what lies ahead of us on the Esplanade Beach!"
To capture the moments of this ‘Loony Dook Kingdom Style', full video coverage will later appear on the band's YouTube channel ‘KingdomTV' and the online donation link (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/kingdombones) will be available until 31st January to assist supporters in making their pledges during this busy festive period. In the meantime, Bill Sandell and the Kingdom Dookers wish to offer their gratitude to everyone who is supporting them in this moment of madness.