Band swings into action to aid charity

Musicians from a swing band are taking to the stage to help a Sudbury charity which has regularly been targeted by thieves.

The Selion Swing Band will perform at The Quay Theatre in aid of the Eden Rose Coppice Trust after learning of the charity’s troubles with thefts.

In May, raiders broke into the trust, which provides a woodland retreat for cancer patients and children with learning disabilities, and stole a dingy due to be used by youngsters attending a Pirate Day.

Last year, the charity also had a wheelchair and chainsaw taken from its site in Quay Lane.

Rob Brooks, who founded the charity, said: “I was contacted by the band to say how dismayed they were following the thefts, and that they wanted to help out.

“We are trying to raise funds for a vastly improved shed and this is a fantastic start.”

Mr Brooks said around 70 tickets had already been sold for the concert, which will take place at 7.30pm on August 24. A swing dance group is also set to perform on the night.

“I can’t wait for the show,” he said. “Any money we can put towards the shed is a big help and hopefully it will stop the thefts.”

Tickets to the concert cost £10 and can be booked through the Quay box office on 01787 374745.