One of the North West’s most popular and long-established jazz bands is celebrating a swinging success after raising an amazing £10,000 for St Luke’s, with 10 years of concerts hosted by the hospice’s Holmes Chapel Support Group.

For the last decade, the Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz band has performed two or three shows a year at Goostrey Village Hall, and every single event – hosted by the dedicated Support Group – has been enormously popular with Cheshire music lovers.

In that time, proceeds from the charitable shows have raised a grand total of £10,000 towards St Luke’s invaluable care for people from Mid and South Cheshire suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

On Saturday, 20 July, St Luke’s volunteers joined the party as the hospice’s Head of Corporate & Community Development Diane Eeley received a commemorative cheque for £10,000 from band founder Mart Rodger after their latest show. Diane said:

“Over £6500 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors and the majority of that money is found through our wonderful network of passionate supporters such as the Holmes Chapel Support Group. Both the Support Group and the Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz Band have been great supporters of the hospice and I’m incredibly proud of the success of these wonderful concerts. Many thanks to everyone involved”.

With £10,000 raised so far, the ever-popular Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz band shows no sign of stopping. Formed in 1982, the seeds of the Stockport-based band were sown during Mart’s visit to the birth place of jazz, New Orleans, with his wife Janet.

At Maison Bourbon on Bourbon Street he was invited to ‘sit in’ with the resident band and the audience response to his playing was exciting and exhilarating. On the way back to their hotel Janet said: “Why don’t you start a band called Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz when we get home?”

Mart added: “We’re proud to be able to support such an amazing cause thanks to the wonderful work of the Holmes Chapel Support Group.” For more information about the Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz band visit http://www.manchesterjazz.co.uk