India-bound in a rickshaw

Naomi's Blood Diamonds performing at Blackpool Rocks
Naomi's Blood Diamonds performing at Blackpool Rocks
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A man who is preparing to travel across India in a rickshaw is hosting a charity music night to help raise funds.

Andy Shields and his friend Andrew Hall will race across India as part of the Rickshaw Run – a 3,500km trek in a seven horse-power motorised taxi – to raise money for our Hospice Heroes appeal.

Andy Shields and Andy Hall are preparing to drive a rickshaw across India for Hospice Heroes

Andy Shields and Andy Hall are preparing to drive a rickshaw across India for Hospice Heroes

They will set off for the challenge on April 1 and have already raised hundreds of pounds.

Andy, of Kirkham Avenue, Marton, hopes to boost his funds with the charity night next week.

He said: “We’re hoping the gig will push us over the £1,000 mark.

“All the money raised on the door will go towards the Rickshaw Run, and we know a lot of people will be there who we hope will donate on the night.”

And the gig is even more important to Andy, director of Barcadia Media on Church Street, as his own band, Naomi’s Blood Diamonds, will be performing.

The band also features Andy’s sister, Kirsty Shields, 24, and James Lucas, 36.

Andy, 28, said: “We’re an electro-indie pop band and have done all sorts of gigs and festivals, and supported some really half decent people.

“We’ve got a couple of bands coming in to support is, and we’re all really looking forward to it. We think it will be a great send off before we leave for India.

“We’ve never done anything like this before.”

Also performing is the Freelove Band and The Getsettes – both Blackpool-based groups.

As the Ricksaw Run draws nearer, Andy said he was starting to get anxious about leaving the business he has worked so hard to set up.

“I am a little bit terrified of leaving the business,” he said.

“I know it’s in great hands, but I’ve not been away and out of the country for more than a week. That’s making me more nervous than experiencing Bengal tigers or falling ill while I’m over there.”

Andy and Andrew’s two-week challenge will help boost our Hospice Heroes campaign, which is raising money for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

The music event is on at The Blue Room on Church Street, Blackpool, on March 14 from 7.30pm. Entry is by donation.

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