Girls Unlimited event raises hundreds for Rosa’s Fund


An event held in Hadleigh in support of International Women’s Day provided the perfect platform for 14 women of all ages to perform in music and song and raised £331 for the Rosa Simon Music Fund.


The Girls Unlimited Open Mic Night was held last Sunday (March 1st) at The George public house in the town’s high street.


Val Haines, one of the organisers of the evening explained the idea behind it: ‘We wanted to celebrate women in some way, and music seemed the obvious choice as I am a musician myself. Raising money for the Rosa Simon Music Fund made the event more worthwhile. We had 14 excellent performers singing many different styles of music and a wonderfully appreciative audience who were often singing along. We are hoping to repeat the event next year’  


Jane Basham, who helped pull the event together explained that We wanted to mark the talents of local women in the lead up to International Womens Day, which is on March 8th A time for celebration and reflection. The turnout,and the response from the audience showed just how many talented and confident women there are in Hadleigh and the surrounding villages.


Millie Simon, Rosa’s ten year-old big sister, introduced the event and played the violin. Afterwards, she reflected upon the evening: “it was an amazing experience to gather the talents of women of all ages. I’m delighted that so much money was raised for Rosa’s Fund, which aims to help all local children learn musical instruments and through singing”.



Val Haines           07818 417781

Jane Basham      07811 064522

Jane Basham

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate

South Suffolk

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