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Please see below for a message from our Chair of Trustees, as well as some photos from the event.

Nearly three days have elapsed since our full launch event on Saturday 18th February and I am still absolutely ecstatic at the success of the evening. Over 200 tickets were sold for a night that saw 4 fantastic live music acts; Roisin McCauley, Sam Roberts, Frank & The Barrytones and The Major Plus, play to a full and lively Comrades Club.

During the course of the night, we announced that after months of hard work and boundless generosity, prior to our full launch event, we had been able to raise the £5,000 turnover required by the Charity Commission in order to submit an application for full charity status. We will hear back from this application by the end of March and if successful - this will open more doors for the charity as we look to expand the support we offer. I know how hard our trustees have worked in order to reach this financial milestone- it has been a tireless effort by all to find the right conversations, arrange multiple fundraisers and steadily grow our network of supporters - this effort was very much summed up by the electric atmosphere in ‘The Commies’ on Saturday night.

After all the hard work- what really blew the trustees away- was that in just this one evening, we had been able to add a staggering £4,150 to our funds.

We never would have dreamed of being able to raise such a sum and our hearts are bursting with gratitude to the many individuals who dug deep, during a difficult time for all of us and contributed to this magnificent total. The Jacob Billington Trust is now well set to continue the work we have started already - supporting the young people of Sefton to access creative arts opportunities.

As always, I implore you to continue having those vital conversations with friends, family and colleagues- continue to spread awareness of our project that discounts local music lessons by 50% and our Songwriter’s & Storytellers evening that reconvenes this Thursday, 7pm at Storyhouse, Crosby Village.

Thank you to the volunteers who gave up many hours of their time to make sure our venue looked as brilliant as it did, serve incredible food and donate the most fabulous raffle prizes.

Thank you to our team of trustees who have worked so hard to not only make this event a success, but ensure the money we raise is used to its maximum potential. I am so proud to work with each of them.

And thank you to every single one of you who has put your hand in your pocket, shared our posts on social media and had those all important conversations to make sure our next generation have the opportunity to express themselves through the creative arts. Keep your eyes on our website and social media to see what we have in store over the coming months.

There is much more to come!

Sam D’Auvin

Chair of Trustees

Jacob Billington Trust

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