Harpenden rocks charity gig 'bigger, better and brighter than ever' (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Harpenden rocks charity gig in aid of The A-T Society 'bigger, better and brighter than ever'
More than £4,000 has been raised at a charity gig in Harpenden on Saturday in memory of a brother and sister who lost their lives to a rare genetic disease.
Four hundred people from near and far flocked to The George, in High Street, for the third Harpenden Rocks concert in tribute to Caroline and Gregory Poupard, organised by their life-long friend Anjali Rundle.
Caroline, 23, and Gregory, 26, both suffered from ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a complex genetic disease which causes severe disability in children and premature death.
The Harpenden Rocks team, led by founder Anjali Rundle promised that the 2013 event would be "even bigger, better, brighter, band-ier, and more brilliant than ever before" and Anjali said she was sure it was.
Following a clamour for tickets on the day, the event sold out at 7.15pm and one faithful punter even flew in from the States.
Anjali said: "We’re so grateful to everyone who supported the event on Saturday.
"To the wonderful audience, the brilliant bands, the team at The George, and to everyone on the Harpenden Rocks team who made the night happen, I give my huge thanks and massive admiration.
Picture: Pippa Evans
"The fact that the people of Harpenden came together to raise just over £4,000 for a local charity that is so deserving and is personally so close to my heart certainly means that Harpenden rocks in my view."
Anjali 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.
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