Swing Commanders Charity Concert – 31 May 2014

The Rotary Clubs of Carnforth, Lancaster, Lancaster Loyne and Lunesdale joined forces with Unique Kidz and Co to host a charity concert performed by the Swing Commanders and GI-Jive at Morecambe Winter Gardens on Saturday 31 May 2014.

Unique Kidz and Co provides specialist services for disabled children and their families. The charity was founded in 2009 by two mums of disabled children unable to find suitable childcare or social activities for their children. Unique Kidz and Co now support over 120 children with a range of disabilities.

An audience of over 200 people many in period 1940s costume enjoyed an evening of Swing music and dancing amidst the former splendour of the Winter Gardens which is undergoing restoration by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Lead organiser, Keith Simpson President Elect of Lancaster Rotary Club, assisted by Lancaster RC Treasurer Bevis Mulhollland and the President Elects of Carnforth Rotary Club (Bill Reading), Lancaster Loyne (Peter Wiltshire) and Lunesdale (Peter Irving) worked closely with Denise Armer, Jane Halpin and Ellen Smith from Unique Kidz & Co.

Together with a raffle (£280) and bar profits, over £2000 was raised for the charity which has also benefited by increased awareness of the extraordinary service provided to disabled children and their families.