After Playing their hearts out every month at Mercia’s Bandstand Busk and the Makers Market the band Moore and Moore Beer made up of David and Karen Moore and John Beer were proud to present a massive cheque for £550 to Frances Weston and Duncan Robb of Nature and Nurture CIC.  The not-for-profit organisation provide a ‘free-to user’ counselling and therapy service for children and young people with a range of psychological problems. Moore and Moore Beer who run the popular monthly open mike ‘Bandstand Busk’ music event at Mercia Marina have been collecting donations from the local community and many visitors who come along to enjoy the different musicians and artists perform.

Tony Preston Sales and Marketing Manager at Mercia said ‘When I heard how much that David, Karen and John had raised it was music to my ears. They have given up their time and shared their gift with others, all to help continue the essential service that this charity offers’. It was a pleasure to meet Frances and Duncan and see them receive a giant cheque for £550. I have seen John Beer come rain or shine at the other events like the Makers Market enthusiastically collecting and edging the total raised up to what exceeded even the bands estimations. Very well done!’

David Moore commented ‘So what’s the Bandstand Busk all about? It’s basically a monthly opportunity for anyone with a musical talent to come and perform on the Marina Bandstand with other musicians’ said Moore & Moore Beer. ‘We get artists of all ages from a variety of musical genres coming from as far afield as Stoke-on-Trent and Congleton who simply enjoy playing to the appreciative Marina audience. The event has grown every year and we’re delighted that the local community vote with their feet by attending. We put collection buckets out at every event and have supported different causes each year. This year’s proceeds of £550 raised from people’s small change will mean a big change for a child receiving the psychological and emotional support that Nature and Nurture provide. We’d like to say a big ‘Thank-you’ to all who have supported the event this year by playing, singing, listening, watching, and contributing to the fund’

 The final busk of 2017 was a welcome celebration for visitors and artists alike. As for many charities that rely solely on donations to operate, the money raised has an instant positive impact on those who need it the most.

Mercia Marina will be welcoming back this popular community event in 2018 as the Bandstand Busk enters its third year amid growing popularity and talent. 

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