DJs take 24 hour challenge to raise cash for dementia charity

Blackpool DJs spent 24 hours on the decks raising cash for dementia care.

Monday, 22nd May 2017, 5:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:51 pm
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The club scene stars’ marathon session was streamed live on the internet with a roster of DJs taking turns to keep the music flowing.

The session was the brainchild of DJ and promoter Jack Sprigg, who has already smashed his modest fundraising target.

And 22-year-old Jack, of Ashfield Road, is hoping the cash will continue to flood in.

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Callum Molyneux, Jack Sprigg and Pete Rumley.

He explained how his own family had inspired him to kick start the appeal.

He said: “My nan was diagnosed with dementia four-years-ago.

“As it’s got worse I’ve seen what effect this can have.

“I wanted to do something, to put my skills to use and so we had the idea for this 24 hour session.

Will Hesketh.

“Awareness has grown in recent years, this was just my way of doing what I could.”

With the 24 hour DJ session, Jack hoped to reach a whole new fundraising audience.

And it seems his gamble has paid off, with more than £2,000 already pledged through Just Giving.

Jack said: “I don’t really fit in with the tea and cakes coffee morning crowd.

Mischa Baker

“This was about introducing fundraising to a whole new audience, getting a new generation involved.

“The response has been fantastic and there’s more people I know who have said they will donate now we’ve actually done it.”

The event was staged at Studio 3 in Blackpool and streamed live on Facebook.

With DJs, mixing a variety of music from R’n’B to disco to techno to grime, doing hour-long stints, Jack was on hand throughout the night to keep everything running smoothly.

Callum Molyneux, Jack Sprigg and Pete Rumley.

He said: “The studio was incredibly supportive.

“The owners had experience with dementia in their own family so couldn’t do enough to help us.

“It was tough going.

“But having people coming in did help.

“They brought freshness to the place, got you going again.

“It revitalised you, gave you that little boost you needed.

Will Hesketh.

“When you had the guys in who had been there for hours you’d be getting bit low, a bit tired.

“It was great to get that pick up.”

If you want to donate to support Dementia UK, head to justgiving.com/fundraising/24hours24DJs

Mischa Baker