Grace needs help to remember her dad with a charity gig!

By Tim Chapman in Local People

A young woman from Porthcawl is attempting to raise funds for cancer research by organising a gig hosted by world-renowned Irish soul band The Stars from The Commitments.

But to make it a reality, she needs the support of the public in south Wales.

Grace Reynolds (23), a university graduate in drama and theatre studies, used to love watching the film The Commitments with her father John before he died of cancer.

She told The GEM: “I am hoping to put on a fantastic fundraising night of music and fun, for families and friends of cancer patients, by arranging the gig.

“If it goes ahead, it will feature original cast members from the multi-award winning 1991 film The Commitments, performing songs such as ‘Mustang Sally’, and ‘Chain of Fools’.

“The venue will be The Globe in Cardiff and it will be a night of dancing and singing in the aisles that won’t be forgotten for a long time!”

The 350-seat capacity location used to be a cinema and is now an extremely popular hub for live music.

Grace explained: “A date is yet to be set because I need to raise the money for the band to travel over from Dublin, and for the venue’s deposit, so that whatever is raised on the night can go straight to the charity.

“One of the reasons that I want to do this is that I know personally how cancer can affect all members of the family and not just the poor person that has been diagnosed.

“I know that an evening of such fun would go somewhere to giving these people time to relax while raising money for a wonderful cause.

“When I was growing up, my dad would always be the one to introduce me to new things, such as music, films, even rugby teams.

“So, when I saw The Commitments for the first time, I couldn’t wait to share my new ‘discovery’ with him. I remember watching it with him and loving every second.

“When I found out that some of the original cast members had formed a band, I couldn’t wait for them to come to Wales.

“When I was 15 my Dad, like so many other people, was diagnosed with cancer, and within weeks, passed away.”

Grace says if the gig gets off the ground it will be a truly special occasion.

“I have been to see the band perform on a few occasions. They really do give the best night.

“Even though I have always enjoyed myself, I always wish that my Dad could’ve experienced it with me.”

Grace needs to raise £10,000 by the end of July for this dream to become possible.

To support her fundraiser, people should make a donation at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/catch-the-commitments.

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