Saturday, 13 June 2015


Birmingham fundraiser in memory of three year old Ethan Marshall
A special mod icon will be the star prize at a soul night organized to raise funds in memory of a three year old Birmingham boy who died of a heart condition.

A Vespa scooter will take centre stage at a Heart and Soul night organized by Andrew Marshall, whose three-year-old son Ethan died from congenital heart disease in 2009.
The event at the Irish Centre in Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday night (20 June – 8pm - late) will raise funds for Heart Research UK in the Midlands, a charity that funds medical research into heart disease as well as community projects encouraging people, young and old, to live healthier, happier, longer lives.  The Heart and Soul evening is £6 entry, and tickets to win the iconic scooter and other prizes are £5 each.
Andrew and his wife, Julie have already raised almost £21,000 for Heart Research UK in Ethan’s memory – including funding for projects at Birmingham Children’s hospital – and they hope to raise further funds from Saturday’s event.
Ethan sadly died when he was just three from congenital heart disease. Andrew explained:

“We wanted to increase awareness of congenital heart defects and to raise funds for projects at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in memory of our son.
“My wife Julie and I felt compelled to set up Ethan’s Gift as our way of supporting the work of the Cardiac Unit. Working alongside Heart Research UK enables us to bring our message to a wider audience and to see our fundraising go into supporting bigger projects.”
Andrew, who is a big Northern soul fan, raises a lot of the money from his ‘Heart and Soul’ nights, with the events attracting around 200 people who enjoy some much-loved Northern Soul classics. Andrew is now combining his other passion, scooters, with his Northern-Soul nights.
As well as the fully taxed and MoT’d scooter on the night there will be a raffle and a great party atmosphere with five local DJ’s playing sets – including Andrew himself. Andrew hopes to raise awareness and ‘turn something negative into something positive.’
Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK said: “We’re so grateful to Andrew and Julie for their fantastic fundraising efforts over the years.  Andrew’s events have such a great atmosphere and it’s a really unique way to raise money. The funds raised by Andrew and Julie are raised in Birmingham and will be spent on local projects in Birmingham – raised locally, spent near you.”

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