Jazz evening at Haslemere for friends facing cancer


WHEN four close friends from her seven-strong girls’ holiday group were diagnosed with cancer, Tessa Denison of Shillinglee decided she had to do something.

“For those of my friends, who are undergoing treatment, there is an amazing amount of courage and determination and support from friends.

“I wanted to put on an event to acknowledge their positive attitude and raise money for Cancer Research. To do nothing is hard, to do something is better.”

On Saturday, December 6 she has organised a ‘Jazzy Christmas Party’ taking place at St Ives School in Haslemere.

“It is something which undoubtedly touches all our lives and sadly someone we know will have the fight with cancer. more than 50 per cent of my dearest friends have been diagnosed.”

Tessa’s son Louis, 15 has re-united some of his schoolfriends to sing live jazz, with the help of Eleanor Rastall, his singing teacher, and Rob Lewis, director of music to accompany them on 
the piano.

“St Ives school is letting us use their facilities and hall free of charge,” said Tessa. “Eleanor and Rob are giving us their time to help with the music, a team of 14 teenagers are helping waitress, 12 close friends are decorating the hall in pink, parking, the bar, and catering. We will all wear something pink and have a fun night to remember.”

Tessa said she wanted to carry on fundraising for Cancer Research and would be organising more events: “I have a vision, to make this happen twice a year. It is not hard to have a party, raise some money for something close to your heart and make a difference.

“If all goes well, next summer we will do ‘the WHY factor’ for all those budding young artists out there who want to perform.

“It will be a summer bonanza for all the family.”

Jazz tickets have now sold out, but if anyone wants to make a donation or be included on the mailing list for the summer event, they should contact tessa@denison.co.uk