Posted: Thu 18th Jan 2024

Full house for Hawarden’s “Beat The Blues” charity brunch

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 18th, 2024

Hawarden’s Masonic Hall was a hub of emotional and joyous activity on Sunday as it hosted the ‘Beat The Blues Brunch’, an event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for mental health.

Organized by the Alyn & Deeside XRT 41 Club, Deeside Round Table, and Deeside Ladies Circle, the brunch was a resounding success, attracting full capacity crowds for both its sessions.

The event’s highlight was the stunning performances by Work in Progress, a Rhyl-based performing arts group that places a strong emphasis on positive mental health and well-being.

As guests enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared by award-winning chefs Danny Burke and Col Devitt, Work in Progress artists seamlessly integrated their performances among them.

A spokesperson for Work in Progress highlighted the impact of these performances, stating that they were a huge success in sending powerful and emotional messages. They added that the singing and performing arts deeply affected countless people, as the messages resonated with the attendees, demonstrating how music and compassion can help overcome mental health issues and social exclusion.

Personal experiences were shared by members of Work in Progress, detailing how being part of the group, without judgment and with the encouragement of others, helped them through difficult times.

The final session was marked by a fantastic rendition of ‘Freedom’, with many audience members joining in, followed by an impromptu joint session with Helen Shanley performing ‘Proud Mary’, rounding off a memorable Sunday morning.

The event not only served as a platform for talented performers but also shone a light on the importance of mental health awareness.

The spokesperson for Work in Progress expressed gratitude for being part of the ‘Beat The Blues Brunch’ and acknowledged the funds raised from the event. They concluded with a message of unity and support: “Thank you everyone for your support — together we CAN do so much!”

 

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