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Make Ben’s Band-a-Thon music extravaganza a day to remember

13th May 2016

Ben Williams was an Ilkley young man who loved a variety of music, always singing along to something – from R&B to charts. Ben’s Band-a-Thon at the Hollygarth Social Club, Ilkley on Saturday 28 May is therefore a very fitting tribute to this popular young man who sadly took his own life aged just 21 years.

Ben’s parents, Emma Walker and Kevin Williams, with the help of their friend Lisa Brooks Smith, have organised a music extravaganza in his memory to raise funds to support the work of national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.

The open outdoor stage afternoon event from 2 to 7pm is free to attend and features bands that include Elysium, Tunnel and Demoralise. From 7 to midnight the event moves to the indoor stage for an over 18s ticketed evening with another great selection of local talent that includes The Big Picture, The Elephant Trees and The Swill.

All the artists are local to Ilkley and donating their time and talent. Some have appeared in past Battle of the Bands events. The music will represent a vast range of hits from Oasis, The Killers, Artic Monkeys, T Rex, Kaiser Chiefs and more.

Tickets for the evening event are just £7.50 and include a pie and peas supper, with the opportunity to bag some fab raffle prizes. They include Ripon Race tickets; a signed Manchester United pennant; Bradford City tickets; DVDs signed by Al Murray and Bruce Foxton from The Jam; a 43” Smart TV; cinema, Flamingo Land and Live 4 Today tickets – and more.

Book your Ben’s Band-a-Thon tickets now from the Hollygarth Social Club in Ilkley 01943 432 015.

“Suicide is the main cause of death in young people under 35. Suicide can happen to any family and sadly it happens too often. But there is hope and there is help. I want to raise awareness and support the wonderful work PAPYRUS does, delivering practical help and support to suicidal young people and anyone who is worried that a young person they know is not coping with life.”

“Emma and Kevin’s support will help us to reach out to more young people who may be struggling. We rely heavily on donations to maintain our HOPELineUK helpline services and are hugely appreciative of Emma’s dedication in memory of Ben,” said Ottilie Scanlon, PAPYRUS fundraising assistant.

For practical help and suicide prevention advice call HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Editorial contacts for more information

Emma Walker emmawalker@hotmail.co.uk

Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS press office direct line 020 8943 5343

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