Charity gig set to be 'biggest and best yet' in memory of life long friends (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Harpenden Rocks set to be 'biggest and best yet' in memory of life long friends
A life-long friend of a young brother and sister who lost their lives to a rare genetic disease hopes this year’s annual Harpenden Rocks charity gig will be the biggest and best yet.
Now in its third year, Anjali Rundle is busily preparing to host "an even bigger, better, brighter, band-ier, and more brilliant" blues and rock tribute concert in memory of Caroline and Gregory Poupard.
Caroline died in 2001, aged just 23, the following year her brother, Gregory, lost his life, aged 26.
Both suffered from Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), a complex genetic disease which causes severe disability in children and premature death.
Ms Rundle was born on the same day as Gregory in the former Redhouse Hospital, in Harpenden, and it was while on the ward that Anjali's mother and Maureen, mother of Gregory and Caroline, struck up what became a life-long friendship.
Vincent and Maureen Poupard, set up The A-T Society, a national charity now based at the Rothamsted Research Centre in Harpenden, which offers support for A-T sufferers and their families, and funds research in the hope of finding a cure for the disease.
Children with AT lose the ability to walk unaided, speak clearly and they become entirely dependant on a carer.
Many suffer from coughs, colds, chest infections and have a higher risk of developing cancer.
Caroline and Gregory, both former pupils of Nicholas Breakspear School, died of repiratory problems, which are commonly associated with the disease.
Building on two years of success, Ms Rundle hopes to raise another £4,000 for the A-T Society on top of the £5,300 the concerts have already raised.
She said: "Gregory and Caroline were close friends with me and my family and I remember lots of happy times playing together.
"Fundraising for the A-T Society and organising this gig are my ways of celebrating my friendship with Gregory and Caroline, and showing my support and admiration for Maureen and Vincent, who have turned a personal tragedy into something so amazingly positive."
A whole host of local artists and bands aim to wow the Harpenden Rocks crowds on the night including The Low Lamps with their special guests Elvis Bob and Hot Gravel, eclectic folk five-piece Jipsy, Harpenden's favourite country rock, bluegrassy, punk-a-billy folk, noise outfit Hubcap Moon, 90’s covers band Caught Stealing, pop duo RiddleR, The Monophonic, and comedy songs of David Hoare, plus a short acoustic set from Harpenden Rocks’ founder, Ms Rundle.
The gig will take place on October 5 at the George Bar and Pizza Kitchen, in the High Street from 7pm.
Tickets cost £5 in advance and£7.50 on the door. There will also be a raffle and auction on the night.
To book tickets visit: www.harpendenrocks.co.uk or www.facebook.com/HarpendenRock
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