Orchestra tunes up its instruments for good cause

Brackley Wind Ensemble PNL-140627-175338001
Brackley Wind Ensemble PNL-140627-175338001

An orchestra is raising funds for a family-support house after its conductor’s twin babies were rushed to hospital.

Brackley Wind Ensemble is tuning up to perform its mix of classic and contemporary songs for an upcoming concert.

But the group is doing so to say thanks to Ronald McDonald House after it supported a couple involved with the ensemble.

The group’s conductor Shaun Humphries, 48, and his wife Claire, 35, who is organising the concert, had a scare when their newborn twins fell ill.

Isaac and Evangeline, now 10-months old, were rushed to the John Radcliffe Hopsital in Oxford with lung infections.

They had Bronchiolitis and although Evangeline made a quick recovery, her brother had to spend two weeks at the hospital.

During that time, Mr and Mrs Humphries, who live in Leckhampstead, were supported by Ronald McDonald House which is found on the top floor of the hospital.

The couple, who are both teachers, were able to get much needed rest in one of the charity’s 18 rooms while knowing they were under the same roof as their baby twins.

Mrs Humphries said: “It wasn’t the easiest time but Ronald McDonald House really supported us and that made all the difference.

“So we wanted to give something back.”

The concert is at St Mary’s Church in Adderbury on July 12 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s which are available on the door or in advance by calling 01280 860022.

If you are unable to get to the concert but would still like to support the charity you can donate at www.justgiving.com/BWEfundraising