A BAND leader is organising a historic concert to thank Halton Haven Hospice for looking after his mum.

Barry Stringer, aged 46, from Runcorn, chief technician and leader of The Salon Orchestra of the Salon Band, has teamed up with The Whites and Blues Big Band for a special performance.

Barry, recently awarded the MBE, said: “My mum, Angela stayed at Halton Haven Hospice for three weeks last year. She had been struggling for over a year and for the first time somebody wanted to do something for her.

“It really struck a chord so I decided that I had to do something. I love the place.

“Everybody who works there is an inspiration, from the girls who bring the tea to the doctors. I can’t thank everyone enough for the way they supported not only me but my entire family. I’ve organised this event to say thanks.

“We want people to come along and have a chilled night but also to raise money for such a great cause at the same time.”

Barry’s enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of the band.

He added: “The band should have been flying to India the next day, but instead they’ve decided to come to Runcorn, as everybody knows how much it means to me.”

The concert will be compered by Radio City DJ Pete Price, at 7.30pm, on Friday, February 15, in The Royal British Legion, Main Street, Halton Village, Runcorn.

Tickets, priced £10, and available from Halton Haven on 01928 712728 or from the Legion on 01928 572131.