The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain wowed a black tie audience and raised £55,000 to support Sussex hospices. The repertoire ranged from a Handel mash-up to Highway to Hell in a sparkling performance that had everyone whooping, clapping and joining in.
The orchestra’s witty humour hit just the right note, making it a night of pure entertainment at the concert in Framfield, near Uckfield, on Saturday.
Master of Ceremonies, Michael Chowen, and auctioneer for the evening, Dr Harry Brunjes, added some amusing banter.
Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, the charity which organised the event, admitted being a little apprehensive given the age demographic of the charity’s supporters, but said: “I needn’t have worried, the Ukes delivered something for everyone and bowled the entire audience over.”
Friends of Sussex Hospices, which is run entirely by volunteers, supports all 12 hospice care providers looking after adults and children across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
Because it has no paid staff, none of the money raised goes on salaries which maximises the amount given towards the hospices’ substantial running costs. Since it started in 1995 it has distributed £2.3 million.
Find out more: www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk