Friday, 19 August 2011

Mission Accomplished!

The results of the Night for NANSA are in!

So far, on the Justgiving page: £695

From the actual night: £348

Grand total: £1043!

So a huge thank you to everyone who donated, to everyone who turned up on the night, to all of the excellent performers who gave their time for free, and to The Birdcage for letting us use their venue and effectively hijack their Wednesday night.

The biggest thanks, however, should go to Tim Andrews and Imogen Thorndyke who set all of it up and made sure the night went so swimmingly. Also to NANSA who had their people walking around shaking their tins. Needless to say, they're over the moon.

It was, genuinely, a really great night. To be honest, I was dreading it a bit. Well, y'know - performance poets, comedians and birds with acoustic guitars. Brrr. But I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the acts all were. Every single one of them.

(Particular mention should go to Imogen's sister Georgi Thorndyke who made her first public performance, at the age of just 14. And to Andy Palmer, who was both funny and charming and who, apparently, went down particularly well with quite a few of the women. Oh, and to my mate Andy Larkin who did a great job of compering the event and getting people to dig deep.)

By the way, that £343 raised on the night - from ticket sales, tin rattling and raffle tickets - is an incredible amount, especially given that it was a relatively small event. It just demonstrates how generous everybody was.

If you didn't make it on the night - or haven't yet donated - you still can by clicking here. I shouldn't have to say it again but I will: NANSA makes a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable people's lives. And that huge difference is all down to people like you making just a small donation.

Thank you.


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Update on the Night for NANSA


Please see below for the list of performers and start time.

And don't forget that even if you're not coming along to the event, you can still donate to help a fantastic organisation. Thank you. NANSA Justgiving.

Next Wednesday evening (August 17th) we'll be hosting a Night for NANSA at The Birdcage pub in Norwich. There are a number of cracking acts performing - including musicians and comedians - with all proceeds going to NANSA. It's not a ticketed event but costs just £3 on the door.

The evening will also be compered by my friend Andy Larkin. (If you know Andy, you'll know that that's reason enough to come along).

If you don't know what NANSA is, I'll repeat this from my previous post: NANSA (Norfolk & Norwich Scope Association) is essentially the branch of Scope in Norwich. They do fabulous work for people with all kinds of disabilities. Maggie is currently attending their School For Parents programme and is getting a hell of a lot from it - her life, and the lives of many people with disabilities, would be so much the poorer without their help.

I know there are a lot of charity requests these days but I can't stress enough what an utterly fabulous organisation NANSA is - it helps many of the most vulnerable and neglected people in the city and beyond.

Click here for more information about NANSA.

As well as the ticket proceeds, we'll also be passing collection buckets around on the night. So make sure you bring plenty of cash!

In the meantime - or if you can't make it - we'd be very grateful if you could donate via the Justgiving page at:

Thank you for your support. We hope to see you next Wednesday evening at The Birdcage in Norwich.



Georgi Thorndyke - Singer
Russell Turner - Poet
Andy Bennett - Comedian
John Simpson - Comedian/Poet
Andy Palmer - Comedian

Entry at 7.30pm for an 8.15/8.30pm start.

We'll also be tweeting about the event on Twitter (from @paulsaxton and @Timster_37).