Welwyn Garden City Football Club hosts music event for military charity

Steve Bish.

Steve Bish.

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A Welwyn Garden City football club is hosting a music event this Saturday to raise money for one of its members who is taking on a poignant challenge in honour of his veteran grandfather.

William Bish. William Bish.

Welwyn Garden City Football Club is hosting a Soul’N’Ska fundraising evening on Saturday, September 23.

The event, which will take place at the club’s base in Herns Way, is raising money for club member Steve Bish, 58, of Applecroft Road, who is taking part in the 100km Frontline walk across the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium in honour of his late veteran grandfather, William Bish.

The challenge is both physically and emotionally tough as you follow in the footsteps of those who fought 100 years ago on the Western Front and walk along the major battle sites which played such a big part in shaping Britain and Europe as we know it today.

Steve, who lived in Hatfield until 1999, said: “Although I never met William I want to do it in his honour and to raise money for such a good cause.

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“I’ve seen people’s reviews online talking about their experiences while doing this challenge and one guy said his toe nails fell off because of all the walking.”

Steve will be leaving for France on Wednesday, October 4, and starting the walk the following day and is set to finish at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, on Saturday, October 7.

Along the route he will be visiting many of the Great War sites such as the Lochnager Crater and Passchendaele.

The money Steve raises will be going to ABF The Soldiers Charity, including the money raised from the club’s event.

The event, which is free entry, starts at 8pm until late.

Local DJs Steve Avery and Jimmy Read, and two other well known Soul music DJs, Mark Tatingham and Terry Dempsey have agreed to take part in order to help raise funds by playing vinyl copies of classic Motown, Northern Soul, Jamaican Ska and Two Tone.

In a bid to help Steve raise as much as he can the club is also after donated raffle prizes.

If you would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Steve-Bish1 or if you would like to donate a raffle price contact Steve on stephen.bish@omni-lifetimeplanning.co.uk

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