Pondlife gig raises more than £4,400 for charity

By Hazel Murray, The Cornishman, December 2nd, 2015.

CAMPAIGNERS have raised more than £4,400 in aid of the refugee crisis following a one-night only reformation gig in Penzance with locally-loved ska Pondlife.

The gig, hosted at the Ritz on Saturday night, raised money for charities Medecins Sans Frontiers, Refugee Aid and Shelter Box, and was deemed a massive success by event organisers.

Tamzin Wood, founder of recently-formed Refugee Aid, said: “It went really well – we had a packed house and the atmosphere was just amazing. “A lot of people seemed to be catching up after not seeing each other for a while, and one person even bumped into someone they hadn’t seen for 50 years! We’re so thankful to all the volunteers and to Pondlife for helping to make this happen, and to everyone who donated on the night.”

With more than 400 people on the dance floor, volunteers also collected donations of socks, hats and torches in a big wheelie bin to be transported to Calais.

Fi Read, band member of Pondlife, said: “Our first gig in public for three and a half years, we were all pretty nervous, even though we knew no-one would really care if we messed up. With our drummer in Bristol, we didn’t manage to have a single rehearsal with all of us beforehand, so the first time we actually got to play together was onstage on the night!”

Despite some technical issues to start, Fi said the atmosphere was amazing, with guests from all ages and all walks of life.

“I’m so glad we could be a part of something so successful that will make a real difference in helping desperate people in desperate situations fleeing violence and conflict.”

Following the success of a charity art auction, which raised £13,400, and a fundraising casino night coming up on December 12 at the Ritz, all in aid of the refugee crisis, Fi said: “I’m so proud of this community I live in. One of the poorest anywhere, and still we dig deep; both in giving our time, and our money.”

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