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30 January 2012

Simfest raises hundreds for type 1 diabetes research

Simfest, a music event organised by Danny Simm and his teenage friends, has managed to raise over £400 for JDRF and type 1 diabetes research. It was held at Fuzzbox Studios in Wigan with local bands like Levelled, Skive and Junction23 performing.

Danny said, ‘It was a fantastic event. We had some great bands performing.  Loor a los heroes went down a storm, Smitten Kitten blew everyone away and The Relays wrapped it up in style. To raise money on the day we shaved Mad Dog Maiden’s hair and raffled off a guitar, photoshoot and vouchers.

‘I decided to put on the event because friends of mine and my grandad have to live their lives with type 1 diabetes. This has alerted me to the struggle that they deal with on a daily day basis. It made me want to help and feel that I am doing something.’ 

One of Danny’s friends Harry Baxendale said, ‘I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was two and a half and living with type 1 diabetes can, at times, be a pain. But it doesn’t control me. I control it! It means a lot to me that Danny has organised this event to raise awareness and vital funds for JDRF, and it gave the band and me a wonderful opportunity to play to a packed crowd too.’

Danny said, ‘I just want to thank everyone who played, donated a prize and money. Next year we will be back with an even bigger event.’ 

(Pictured left to right: Josh Hindle, Harry Baxendale, Danny Simm, Sam Millar, Paul Mad Dog Maiden)

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