Porthleven delivers a fantastic benefit concert in aid of Syrian refugees

In a short space of time, a benefit concert in aid of the Syrian crisis was thought of, organised and delivered. Residents of both Porthleven and Cornwall, businesses and organisations, including the town council, rallied to make this event happen.

However, two people should be singled out for the most credit in getting this from an idea to reality. The two are, Alec Short and Kelvin Batt. For those who do not know, they are also the people behind the Masked Ball events. These two individuals were the driving force behind the event, and without them, this event really would not have happened.

The refugee benefit concert was held on Saturday on the Moors, Porthleven It all kicked off at midday and finished promptly at 11pm. The event was a sell-out and was very much family event. For £10, you got to see and listen to 14 bands, with entertainment provided by Swamp Circus for the younger audience.

The entrance to the event

The entrance to the event

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The feedback from the event was all positive, and there are even calls for more events like this in Porthleven. Even the weather Gods delivered too, with an almost clear and sunny day and warm evening.

This event was not about having a good time, as the event was about raising money for those in need in Syria. Porthleven has a good record for helping those in need. Not only on its own doorstep, like in the case of the storms of two years ago, but for other causes too.

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So it was again to see Porthleven rise to the challenge and raise nearly £7000 (final total not confirmed) in 11 hours. A truly staggering achievement and amount in anyones book. This money will be donated to Save the Children Syrian appeal. A very worthy cause.

As I said in the opening paragraph, on thanking both Al and Kelvin, a huge thank you should go to all who helped by giving up their time to help during the event, those who donated equipment and services, the bands and entertainers, and lastly, everyone who turned up to make this a day to remember.

Porthleven can be proud it has done its bit in helping those caught-up with the crisis in Syria.

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