A group of local performers, who met at an open mic night in Sheffield, have featured on a charity single to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
37-year-old Polish artist, Zenon Boczar, set up the ‘jam’ nights at The Milestone pub in Crystal Peaks in 2014, to connect with fellow musicians during his time in England. Zenon said, “The open mic nights feel like one big family. It’s great to see how the performers have supported each other and grown in confidence over the last two years.”
The idea to release a charity single came about in September, after The Milestone turned purple to raise money for Bluebell Wood, which cares for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions.
The Milestone is one of many ‘Purple Pubs’ across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire, which are raising money for the local children’s hospice. Each pub has been decked out with purple bunting, banners, and beer mats, and will be hosting a range of fundraising activities for up to a month.
Zenon explains, “It was really important for our ‘jammers’ to help support Bluebell Wood. Each of our singers donated a small fee to sing on a ‘Beautiful World’, a record which I had written and adapted for the hospice, which we could then release to the public as a charity single.”
Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said, “We are so grateful to Zenon and all the performers from the Milestone for their hard work on this fantastic charity single. Bluebell Wood is filled with lots of love and laughter, and we hope that ‘Beautiful World’ will bring plenty of these for our supporters.
“It costs over £4 million to keep our doors open every year, and we only receive 10% of our funding from government sources so every penny raised from this single will make a huge difference.”
To find out how you can help Bluebell Wood make more memories for the 250 children they care for, or to learn how to become a Purple Pub, please contact our fundraising team on 01909 517 365.