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'Access All Areas 2' raises funding for Creative Sessions at The Bridge

The fundraiser gig, held at Duffy's Bar, raised much needed funds for Leicester homeless charity, The Bridge Homelessness to Hope.

On Sunday 21st November, Luke Broughton, the Creative Session Lead at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope curated a beautiful live event at Duffy's Bar Leicester, in aid of The Bridge's Creative Sessions.

Luke Broughton, Creative Session Lead at The Bridge, took centre stage at Duffy's Bar for the 'Access All Areas 2' fundraiser.

Photos (c) Kevin Gaughan

The Creative Sessions, which include Arts and Crafts, Photography and Music, provide a safe space for guests (service users) who are homeless or struggling with their mental health, to build confidence, express thoughts and feelings, and increase emotional resilience.

The sessions, which are a part of The Hub at The Bridge, also provide guests with an opportunity to integrate with their local community and socialise with others in a warm and welcoming environment, as well as access fantastic skill-building and learning opportunities, which play an integral part in the improvement of their mental health and wellbeing.

Cathi Rae, who will be running the Creative Writing sessions at The Bridge in the new year,

gave an inspiring performance at Duffy's Bar, reciting some of her beautiful poetry for the crowd.

Photos (c) Kevin Gaughan

Lee Spreadbury from band Guru, delighted the crowd with an electrifying performance alongside band member Malcolm D'sa.

Photos (c) Kevin Gaughan

Over the course of the day attendees including staff, trustees and volunteers from The Bridge, enjoyed a range of beautiful music from Kevin Hewick, Mike Sole, Sally Hossack, Gu-Ru and Luke Broughton and and poetry performances by spoken word artists Cathi Rae and Stanley Iyanu. They also feasted on a delicious selection of food, including homemade vegan wraps and salads, savoury delights provided by Mithas and desserts gifted by Bakkavor Desserts, Leicester.

Together, through tickets sales and raffle prizes, which had been kindly gifted by local companies including Audrey, Caddyshackers, East Street Lanes, Intersound, The Marquis and Wellington, Bamboo Street Food, Very Bazaar, Turtle Bay, Grays Coffee Shop and Kitchen, Currant Affairs, Access All Areas 2 raised an incredible £1268.75, all of which will be go towards the development of the Creative Sessions at The Bridge.

Teagan read poetry whilst being supported by Leonie DuBarry-Gurr's beautiful melodic vocals.

Photos (c) Kevin Gaughan

"I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to one of the most beautiful days in recent memory. We raised a lot of money and perhaps more importantly, we raised spirits.
A very special thank you goes to Matt Kirk for giving us the venue and to all of the Duffy's Bar staff.
Thank you to Nik Rose for the impeccable sound over a long day, Nicola Joy Palmer for the super tasty vegan treats and putting up with me running up to the event, Leonie DuBarry-Gurr for all the support as always and a majestic set, Gemma Orton for serious hard graft over the weeks and on the day. To Johnny McJohnston for the beautiful fluid visuals and Kulvir Bhambra for the great live shots as always.
Thank you to Lee Spreadbury, Malcolm D'Sa, JJ Lovegrove, Stanley Iyanu, Sally Louise Hossack, Howard Smith, Cathi Rae, Mike Sole, Kevin Hewick and Teagan for inspiring performances, and for giving your time and your talent to this very worthy cause.
A special thank you to Jackie and Shay of the newly formed The Bridge Homelessness to Hope - Leicester choir! You were beautiful!
Thank you to all the Bridge staff, trustees and volunteers for your continued hard work and dedication to this great charity.
And lastly a huge thank you to all of you who attended, donated and made this a day to remember. You have my gratitude and a special place in my heart right now."

Luke Broughton, Creative Session Lead


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