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THE FADE Worried About My Daddy Gig 12 August 2016

On the 12th August 2016 a rather special event took place in aid of the “Worried About My Daddy” Alzheimer’s appeal. A well know Wigan band The Fade agreed to do a one off come- back gig to help support the cause. A tremendous amount of work and preparation went in to the night which was a raging success. Some of the details and pictures of the night are outlined below:

A little bit of history and the chain of events

The Fade were an established indie group formed in the mid 1990’s inspired by what was a special time in British music culture. Playing covers and original music on the Northwest gig scene The Fade had a good loyal following and played to packed crowds wherever they went.


In 2006 the band went their separate ways with three of the four members moving down to London. The band remained good friends and met regularly over the years between then and 2016. Each time the band met up they would reminisce about the good times on the road gigging and the hours they spent practicing in the studio creating their own quality songs. They always discussed that one day a reunion gig should take place.

Christmas 2015 the band met for a few beers as they did every Christmas and discussed a 10-year anniversary gig the following year. The band were already aware of the “Worried About My Daddy” as Paul, the lead singer, is the son of one the original campaign organisers, Chris Ward. The Band members all agreed that the gig should take place in a bid to raise more funds for the cause.

In January 2016 discussions took place with Jonny Davenport and Dave Jenkins who are good friends of the band and are now the directors of the Old Courts Music Venue in Wigan town centre. The lads kindly agreed that because the gig was for charity the venue could be hired for a minimal fee just to cover costs. All bands members checked their diaries for the year and agreed on 12th August 2016. The venue was booked and the gig was on!


Over the coming months many discussions took place and eventually a final set list was agreed. They would play eleven 90’s indie classics by the likes of The Charlatans, Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene etc. plus, of course, three original The Fade songs; Red Bonfire, To The Sun and Live for The Weekend. Colin (drummer), Alex (guitar) and Steve (bass) rehearsed in London regularly working on the musical and structural elements of the songs. Videos of rehearsals were recorded and sent back to Paul (singer) to familiarize himself with song structure etc.

Whilst the band were rehearsing down south Paul and Jonny worked on the marketing, ticket and poster creation and Facebook event page and eventually ticket distribution once the bookings started rolling in.

Paul also spoke with their past manager Chris Devany in relation to becoming part of the night, which he jumped at. Chris had extensive experience of fundraising and hosting successful events. With this being a charity night other acts were required to make it a full evening and a band called The Lines agreed to support The Fade. Also, Jeff Critchley, one of Paul’s cousins agreed to do his first ever stand-up comedy routine. Other money raising ideas were discussed and an auction and raffle was decided. Companies such as local football clubs, restaurants, gym etc. were approached and prizes consisting of meals out, football stadium tours, match tickets, a holiday, tools, gym passes etc. were all donated.

With the band members having lots of commitments during the months leading up to the gig a risky strategy of getting together one weekend in August was agreed for 3 days of intensive rehearsals at a studio in London. Paul travelled to London where rehearsals went very well as the band naturally clicked back together.

August the 12th 2016 finally arrived where ticket sales reached just under 200 and so the Old Courts in Wigan started to fill up to a fantastic atmosphere. The Compere and Auctioneer for the night Chris Deveney (or Dev to his friends) did an amazing job. The auction was a huge success! The Lines did a great set and were very entertaining and got the crowd warmed up for things to come. Many thanks to them for their support we all enjoyed their music so much.



Dev next introduced Jeff Critchley who did a very brave thing, for the very first time he did a short stand-up comedy routine. Never the easiest thing to do I’m sure you’ll agree but Jeff stepped up to the mark, did it in his own inimitable style and got some great laughs. Well done Jeff for putting yourself on the line in aid of this great cause.


Dev then drew the raffle and the lucky winners received their prizes. Again a huge thank you for the various sponsors who donated.

And so, as The Fade waited to go on stage everyone packed into the main room at the Old Courts. Dev introduced the band: Alex Fordham – Guitar & backing vocals, Colin Oldfield – Drums & Percussion, Steve Jones – Bass and Paul Ward – Lead Vocals.  For the first time in 10 years The Fade were on stage once again and were watched by over 200 people.

It was a true testimony to The Fade that the gig took place at all considering the obstacles they faced about band members living in opposite ends of the country, issues with rehearsals, commuting all members, having to go to work and a whole plethora of other stuff.


The lads hadn’t lost their touch though and bashed out some old covers and a series of their own songs. It was a tremendous spectacle to watch them all pull together and recreate their sound from the past.  The crowd were singing along to the old anthems and the night just got better and better.  This was a fantastic show from The Fade. Their performance was pitch perfect and a credit to their musical skill, determination and passion considering they had not played together for 10 years. AWESOME!!

A whopping £1419.87 was raised after all fees and costs deducted and it was a fantastic night for the “Worried about My Daddy” Charity.  This brings our total to £17,604.87 just £2,395.13 away from out target of £20,000.


More Pics of the gig are below why not check them out! If you would like to donate, please click here to go to our Just Giving Page. Thank you.

The WAMD team would like to thank everyone involved in making this such a successful event. 

Jonny Davenport – Director Old Courts
Dave Jenkins – Director Old Courts
Christopher Devany – Compere, Auctioneer – Marketing, liaison

The Lines 

Jeff Critchly

Everyone involved in helping with tickets and at the venue on the night, Everyone who attended the gig and made it such a great night.

And of course the fantastic Fade whose drive, commitment and determination made it all happen! 

Paul ward – Lead Vocalist,
Alex Fordham – Guitar, backing vocals,
Colin Oldfield – Drums, Percussion
Steve Jones – bass

 Images from the GIG



WAMD Movember 2016

This year the gang of three, Chris, Dave and Tony agreed to the Movember Challenge in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.  Chris also asked two of the parishioners from St John Fisher Church in Kearsley, Mike Curless and Peter Middleton to join us. 

Bravely against protestations and looks of total horror from family and friends we started the challenge.  Looking clean shaven and respectable at first we got down to the serious work of growing our beards and muzzy’s.  Dave went for the full beard look (or Captain Birdseye as he was called) and everyone else adopted mustaches El-Gringo style.  Whilst the growing of beards and muzzy’s is uncomfortable and irritating this was a small price to pay for the support and good wishes we received from family and friends whilst doing it.  As you can see from the photos we all managed to achieve our goals in one form or another concluding Movember with either a snazzy looking El-gringo mustache or a suave looking beard. A total of £571 (this includes Some just giving donations) was raised through the Movember Event which is absolutely outstanding. This brings our WAMD total to a fantastic £13,183.30 for the Alzheimer’s Society so far. Pretty Awesome!!!

Special thanks go out to Peter Middleton and his family.  Peter had been ill for some time but towards the end of November was admitted to Bolton Hospice.  Sadly, Peter passed away in December. We sincerely appreciate Peter’s bravery and his support for the Alzheimer’s cause and our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s family at this very sad time.

The Gang of Five!

Chris & Peter

Chris & Mike
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Chris Dave & Tony
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Receipt To Follow:

Movember 2015 receipts

Movember 2015 Dave







Liverpool To Chester Bike Ride 2015

On Sunday 5th July 2015 me and my Brother Tony did the Liverpool to Chester Biker Ride.   We completed the 56 miles 3:43 which is pretty good for us. it was a great day and we were both knackered but it was after all for a  for a great cause The Alzheimer’s Society.  We raised a fantastic £560 which breaks down as £480 cash and £80 through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/worriedaboutmydaddy  . Our new total is £12,491.40 were getting closer to our £20,000 goal.  Thanks to everyone who has donated so far please help us to continue to our goal.

Before The Ride in Liverpool


Half way there The Countess of Chester Hospital Chester


Back in Liverpool with a well deserved Medal!


 Receipt for Cash paid in the Alzheimer’s Society

 Llierpool to Chester Bike Ride

A busy October, November and December for Chris and the Strings

Market Place 13 Dece 2014Well it been a very busy October, November and December for Chris and the Travellin Strings culminating in a number of very successful Christmas shows. In all the Strings did 6 shows and raised a total of £1,422.27 for the Alzheimer’s Society which is absolutely fantastic.  It was also Chris’s birthday in October Happy birthday from all of us. Chris asked family and friends to give a donation to the Alzheimer’s society instead of buying him presents and raised £95 in birthday donations. Tremendous job Chris. This gives us a fantastic total of £1517.27 and our grand total so far to an awesome £11,040.40. 

A big thanks to Chris and the Travellin Strings for all there hard work and enthusiasm over the Christmas and New Year period. The very best of wishes for the future and may 2015 be the best of years for all of you.

Dave Ward

Below is a list of the fund raising events that the strings played at:

Kenyon Rise Nursing Home 30 October 2014 = £140

St Johns Wingate’s Parish Church Westhoughton 15 November 2014 = £137.85

Thurston’s Care Home Westhoughton 27 November 2014 = £50

Chew More 5th December 2014 = £115

Westhoughton Market 6th December 2014 = £88.76

Bolton Market 13 December 2014 = 890.66

Chris Ward (Birthday Donations) £95

Some Pics and video from the above events:


A big thanks to Chris and the Travellin Strings for all there hard work and enthusiasm over the Christmas period. Best wishes for the future and may 2015 be the best of years for all of you.

Dave Ward


Reciepts from 2 AZ

Reciepts from AZ

Reciepts from 1 AZ

Westhoughton Pentecostal Church Fund Raiser

06-DSC_0134A big thank you to everyone at the Westhoughton Pentecostal Church near Bolton who on the 21st November 2013 raised a fantastic £345 for the Alzheimer’s Society.  The money was raised from a concert done by the Traveling Strings Group on the 20 October 2013. Chris was presented with the cheque by Mr Martin Speed from the Pentecostal Church.  Also at the presentation was Aimee Claire (Community Fundraiser) for the  Alzheimer’s society.

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A selection of Photos from the event courtesy of Ian Smith


A massive thanks to everyone who made donations and who supported this fantastic fund raising event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.



Worried About My Daddy Alzheimers 22 mile Channel Swim update

A quick update on our progress. So far we have raised an amazing £940.33 in cash and £377 in cheques to clear for the Worried About My Daddy Alzheimer’s 22 mile Channel Swim which will give us a total of £1317.33  which is nothing short of brilliant a massive thanks to all involved.


 Receipt from the Alzheimer’s Society for the £940 cash receipt for cheques to follow.


A Further£6o paid in on 19.2.2014

Spons swim £60


Worried About My Daddy Psychic Evening

On Saturday 17th August, at Clifton Community Neighborhood Centre Worried About My Daddy held a Psychic Evening in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. The evening was a great success and our thanks go out to everyone who was kind enough to come and support the event.  The event raised a fantastic £707.20 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research.

Special thanks go out to the following:

Joe Barnwell from Salford City Radio who hosted the evening in own inimitable style, and promoted the event on his radio show.

Psychics Dee Rendall & Vera Lenny who provided their services F.O.C and put on a magnificent, interesting, informative and entertaining show and a great experience!

To the ‘back room’ crew who all came early to set the room up, put out tables and chairs; prepare tea and coffee for 60+ people attending.

Below Chris Below singing Worried About My Daddy with Dave (from the Traveling Strings)



A special thanks to Dave from the ‘Traveling Strings’ who supported Chris on the harmonica during his performance of Worried About My Daddy.

All in all, a great night and a fantastic £707.20 raised to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease in the UK.  Please keep your eyes peeled for our next event in Kersley, Manchester on 25th October 2013.

Many thanks Chris Ward

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WAMD B&Q St Helens Alzheimer’s Society Fund Raising Event

Fantastic Effort by the Worried About My Daddy team at the weekend in raising £998.31at B&Q St Helen’s for the Alzheimer’s Society which was absolutely amazing.  Big Thanks to all the kind people in St Helen’s, all the Staff at B&Q especially Naomi Lee and the fantastic WAMD team Jeanette Ward, Chris Ward Brian McGarry, Maff Ward, Robyn Davies Lynn Ward, Francis Ward and Finally the Traveling Strings Guitar Group for entertaining us and the B&Q customers with two hours of classic Songs.

Receipt from the Alzheimer’s Society for the money

B&Q Recept

Photo’s of the teams fund raising efforts below: