Voice Winner Ruti joins Havens Hospices Fundraiser

The Voice 2018 winner, Ruti will be joining the 21st annual Christmas concert by local 13-piece Irish/Punk Band, Dirty Water which this year be held at Chinnerys on Marine Parade, Southend, on December 21st. The event will be raising money for Havens Hospices in memory of their violin player, Lorraine Kelly, who was looked after by the charity before she passed away in April 2018 aged 47 years.

The concert is now held as a yearly memorial to Lorraine and to raise funds for the hospice, with last year’s event raising £1699. Also featured will be Andy Bush from Absolute Radio who has agreed to DJ for the evening, and singer/songwriter Sam Fraser.

Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice, cares for adults, babies, children and young people for as long as it’s needed, within the home, in the community and at the two hospices.

Dirty Water’s 2019 line-up includes founder, Sean Mcloughlin, who is the Event Director of the Village Green festival and The Damned’s Roman Jugg.

Lorraine was a well-known and respected music teacher, playing in many ensembles and orchestras in the Southend area. She had been the leader of the Colombian Symphony Orchestra, was a solo violinist with the Illegal Eagles and also played in The Carpenters’ Story.

“Lorraine did so much for all of us in the band. She was always there for us and we now want repay that love she showed us all, by supporting the organisation that cared and looked after our Lorraine in her time of need,” explains Sean Mcloughlin.

“Lorraine was an amazing musician who shared her passion with so many including many, many young people,” he continues. “I had the pleasure of working with her in her capacity as a music teacher, fixer and musical director. She loved music, and we want to keep her passion alive.”

The concert is also raising money for Gold Geese, a Southend based charity looking after families affected with childhood cancer. Tickets cost £8.30. For more information please click here.

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Ruti who is a guest singer at the concert