Ukulele night in Farnham raised money for food bank

Monday 1st August 2022 11:00 am
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Hugh Alford and David Squier perform in Music for a Cause at The Lamb in Abbey Street, Farnham, on July 13th 2022.
Hugh Alford and David Squier with some of the food collected (Hugh Alford )

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Hugh Alford’s Music for a Cause at The Lamb in Abbey Street, Farnham, on July 13 raised money and collected goods for Farnham food bank.

A raffle of prizes provided by the pub generated £136 and food given by the 40 ukulele players who took part free of charge weighed in at 145lb, enough for a dozen well-packed shopping bags. Hugh Alford and Lamb landlord David Squier are pictured with some of the donations.

Hugh, who performed a varied programme of well-known songs from the 1920s and 1960s, plus several Beatles hits, thanked “the fantastic folk of Farnham” for their support and applauded the work of the food bank team.

He said: “They provide so much essential assistance to families who are unable to feed themselves.”

Farnham food bank project manager Harriet Lanyon gave a short presentation on its history and the growth in demand caused by the pandemic and rising food, fuel and energy prices.

She said: “We really appreciate the support for our work from Hugh and all those who performed at and attended the event, and our thanks to Dave at The Lamb for hosting the evening.”

Other performers included The Hedge Inspectors, who performed several of their songs, and local ukulele band Shades. Audience member Romi played solo and said she had been aided by the charity.

David Squier said: “It’s a great cause and I’m very happy to have hosted this evening.”

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