Northern Soul made a comeback in North Staffordshire on Saturday 25th July and helped to raise over £1,500 to support people across Staffordshire.
The 1960s nightclub experience was streamed live into living rooms as part of the Northern Soul Night at Home fundraising event. Local Northern Soul sensations Passion and the Veins performed live with mixologists from Ten Green Bottles Co showcasing a cocktail making masterclass.
The event raised an amazing £1,550 to provide essential funds towards delivering Realise charity programmes now and in the future.
Music streamed live from a local Stoke-on-Trent venue
Passion and the Veins, an eight piece band born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, is renowned for lively Northern Soul music and for creating an exciting dance atmosphere. The band brings back the nostalgic sounds of the Northern Soul movement that swept Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The live stream event was a hit with people sharing videos and posts across social media of their evening and dancing.
In April, Realise charity established the Newcastle-under-Lyme Covid-19 Support Network in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Support Staffordshire. Since then, together with local community groups and more than 45 volunteers, Realise has supported over 600 people, delivering essential food and medicine, calling isolated residents and exercising pets for those who have needed to shield.
The Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Simon Tagg, said: “Since April, and the start of lockdown, the Council has worked really closely with Realise and we’ve seen the impact our support has had on the most vulnerable in our communities during a very difficult time. We want to continue to support people as we move forward, in whatever way we can.
Ongoing support for our communities
Whilst lockdown restrictions are easing, Covid-19 has left lasting effects on our communities, and the need goes on for Realise to help people by delivering emergency food parcels and medicine, supporting those continuing to shield, and helping anybody who may struggle with new challenges of financial hardship and mental health issues as a result of the pandemic.