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Leek Soul Club hand out donations to charities

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Donation time for Leek Soul Club, from the back left: John Lovatt MBE, from the Staffs Regimental Association Help For Heroes; Martin Lewis, an ambassador for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice; Ken Shaw and his wife Ann, from the Leek Moorlands Hospital League of Friends. At the front, from the left, Benks Landlord Robert Spender; Leek Soul Club DJs Alan Hodgkinson and Stef Callear; and Benks landlady Sara Bentley.

  • Donation time for Leek Soul Club, from the back left: John Lovatt MBE, from the Staffs Regimental Association Help For Heroes; Martin Lewis, an ambassador for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice; Ken Shaw and his wife Ann, from the Leek Moorlands Hospital League of Friends. At the front, from the left, Benks Landlord Robert Spender; Leek Soul Club DJs Alan Hodgkinson and Stef Callear; and Benks landlady Sara Bentley.

  • From the back left, John Lovatt MBE, from the Staffs Regimental Association Help For Heroes; Martin Lewis, an ambassador for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice; Ken Shaw and his wife Ann, from the Leek Moorlands Hospital League of Friends. At the front, from the left, Benks Landlord Robert Spender; Leek Soul Club DJs Alan Hodgkinson and Stef Callear; and Benks landlady Sara Bentley.

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THREE charities have benefited from cash raised at a series of soul music nights hosted in Leek.

Veteran DJs Alan Hodgkinson and Stef Callear, of Leek Soul Club, have dished out a total of £470 raised at a number of soul and motown events which they have hosted at Benks pub in Stockwell Street, Leek.

The cash has been split between the Staffs Regimental Association Help For Heroes, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Blurton, and the Leek Moorlands League of Friends.

Representatives from the three charities recently met with Alan and Stef at Benks to accept the donations.

The Staffs Regimental Association Help For Heroes was presented with £200.

Representative John Lovatt MBE said: "This is a great donation for Help For Heroes which uses all its donations for the cause."

Ken Shaw and his wife Ann were present to represent the Leek Moorlands Hospital League of Friends which was given £120.

Mr Shaw said: "I think it is a wonderful thing that people, such as Alan and Stef, will donate money for the comfort of patients at the hospital. It is very much appreciated and we can't thank them enough."

The Douglas Macmillan Hospice was given £150.

Charity ambassador Martin Lewis said: "It is absolutely fantastic when people do things like this.

"We really appreciate people like Alan and Stef who take time out to raise money for the charity which will be used to pay for the day to day running of the hospice."

Stef, aged 59, who has been DJing for many years in Leek, said: "We would like to thank Sara and Robert for letting us use their venue for these events and also thank all those who support the events by putting their hands in their pockets.

"We don't ask for an admission fee. We just ask for a donation. They are a generous bunch of folk at The Benks. They are also a good crowd who appear to like our music.

That's what these events are all about; giving something back to the town by providing a good night out as well as raising money for local charities."

Established by Stef and Alan in 1993, Leek Soul Club has hosted soul and motown nights at a variety of venues in the town over the years, and many of the events have been held to raise cash for charity.

The music that Stef, Alan and guest DJs play at Leek Soul Club events is rare 60s and 70s Soul and Motown, along with similar records of that era that never made it commercially but which now are searched for and demand a lot of money.

The music is classed as Northern soul but nowadays it covers a great field and the music keeps taking different directions.

Leek Soul Club's next event will be in March. Any local charities needing help in raising money for their cause can call Stef on 01538 387543.

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