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Young people rave for Red Cross

11 May 2009Tyrannosaurus Alan play at Red RaveJonathan Banks (BRC)

Young people from Medway have raised money for the British Red Cross by putting on an intimate gig with some young up-and-coming local bands.

Three young Red Cross volunteers from Medway organised Red Rave at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, on Friday to raise money during Red Cross Appeal Week.

Bands and breakdancing

Young people dance at Red RaveJonathan Banks (BRC)Rock, indie, and metal music was on offer from bands including Tyrannosaurus Alan, Perfect Chaos, Hands Shaped like Hearts and BPM. There was also an impressive breakdancing display from a few members of the crowd.

About £300 was raised for the life-saving work of the Red Cross in the UK and overseas from ticket sales.

Appealing to young people

One of the organisers, Rochester Grammar School-pupil Hayley Relph (18), from Cliffe, said: “We thought a rave was a good idea as young people love music and it was a chance to put on a really fun event that would appeal to young people and raise money at the same time.

A breakdancer at Red RaveJonathan Banks (BRC)"It was certainly a lively evening with everyone singing and dancing and even some breakdancing. We got the opportunity to put on the rave as we won a Red Cross competition called Hundred to Hundreds, which gives young people the chance to put on their own fundraising event to raise as much money as possible with a budget of £100."

Hayley’s brother Davy Relph (15), a pupil at Hundred of Hoo school also helped organise the gig as did Dan Bradshaw (18), from Wainscott. They are members of the Chatham Red Cross branch and their volunteer work with young people includes first-aid training and HIV awareness.

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