On the 22nd and 23rd of March we held our first two shows at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York! The events were raising money for The Children’s e-hospital, an initiative of Dr Tim Ubhi, who is a paediatrician based in York.
In 2015 The Children’s e-hospital got involved in the refugee crisis, they hoped they could use their online video system to help the medics on the ground. This was unfortunately met with a lack of specialist paediatric skills and equipment, which is when the idea of a pop-up children’s hospital came about! The estimated cost of such a unit is £20,000, and is a very required resource!
Along side the worthy charity cause, we also took to Twitter in an attempt to get Gary Barlow to come and sing for Alfie Town-Horsfield’s 9th birthday! Earlier on in the year the Take That star had told delighted fans that he intended to embark on surprising fans on their milestone birthdays! Now we’re sure you’re sat there thinking that 9 isn’t a milestone? Normally you’d be correct, however for young Alfie, it was a birthday his family feared they would never see!
Alfie suffered repeated infections as a baby, causing him to be seriously ill and irreparably damaging one of his kidneys. If that wasn’t enough for him to overcome, he then developed the life-threatening blood poisoning, septicaemia. His family were warned that he may not survive, however little Alfie refused to give in and has now celebrated his 9th birthday!
Jennie Horsfield, Alfie’s mum choreographed the dances for the show, which made the evening extra special! However nothing could prepare the audience for a magical video message from Gary Barlow’s band mate, Mark Owen! We’re sure you’d all love to see the message, so here you go!
Here’s what Alfie’s mum, Jennie had to say prior to the event;
“Alfie was a very poorly baby and now has one functioning kidney. Despite all this, he is the most caring, polite and considerate little boy.
“I am honoured to have been asked to choreograph a concert in which Rule the World are performing at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York which has been organised by Maureen Bebb, the wonderful nurse who saved my baby’s life.
“As you can imagine, this is a very very special time for us all. If we could have a little recognition from Gary Barlow, that would just be magic.”
We are so thrilled to have been able to make money for such a deserving cause and were truly overwhelmed by the video message from Mark! We know that it’s an evening that Alfie, Jennie and ourselves will ‘Never Forget’!!