Special acoustic night in memory of Rugby teenager

Chloe Bayliss
Chloe Bayliss

A showcase of Rugby’s finest acoustic talent takes place next week in memory of teenager Joel Smith.

Artists Chloe Bayliss, Eve Singleton, Emily Rackam and George McCrenor will take to the stage on October 17.

The gig is being held at Spring Street Railway Club in Rugby at 7pm to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

They provided help and support for Joel, 15, during his brave fight with the disease.

Sadly, the Bilton School student died from an aggressive form of leukaemia earlier this year, leaving a community devastated.

But thousands of pounds are being raised in his honour, helping other sufferers and keeping his memory alive.

Organiser Chloe, 15, who is performing on the night, said: “I did my first ever live performance in February at a charity gig and my second live performance was at the Vault, at a County Music Service gig alongside other performers, bands and drummers.”

She said acts have given up their time free of charge to support her event.

Chloe, who attends Ashlawn School, added: “When my mum, Angela, got a place in the London Marathon 2015, she said she was doing it in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Joel.

“I couldn’t have thought of a better way to raise money than a gig.

“Seeing as I love to sing and play the guitar it was right up my road and because I know several other artists it’s a bonus.”

Entry is £3 each and guests can pay on the door. There will also be a raffle. “It’s going to be an amazing night and we hope to raise lots of money,” added Chloe.

Visit www.justgiving.com/angela-bayliss to donate to the charity.