A Vespa scooter will take centre stage at the Heart and Soul night organised by Andrew Marshall, whose son Ethan died, aged three, from congenital heart disease in 2009.
The event will be held tomorrow at the Irish Centre in Digbeth from 8pm till late and will raise funds for Heart Research UK in the Midlands, a charity that supports the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
The Heart and Soul evening is £6 entry, and tickets to win the scooter and other prizes are £5 each.
Andrew and his wife Julie have already raised nearly £12,000 for Heart Research UK in Ethan’s memory – including funding for projects at Birmingham Children’s Hospital – and they hope to raise further funds from tomorrow’s event and another in September.
Andrew said: “We wanted to increase awareness of congenital heart defects and to raise funds for projects at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in memory of our son.
“My wife Julie and I felt compelled to set up Ethan’s Gift as our way of supporting the work of the cardiac unit. Working alongside Heart Research UK enables us to bring our message to a wider audience and to see our fundraising go into supporting bigger projects.”
Andrew, who is a big Northern Soul fan, raises a lot of the money from his Heart and Soul nights, with the events attracting around 200 people who enjoy Northern Soul classics. Andrew is now combining his other passion, scooters, with the nights.
As well as the fully taxed and MoT’d scooter on the night there will be a raffle and a great party atmosphere with five local DJs playing sets – including Andrew.
Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, said: “We’re so grateful to Andrew and his wife Julie for getting involved in fundraising and raising awareness of heart disease, and it’s events like these that are so important for raising funds into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. Andrew’s events have such a great atmosphere and it’s a really unique way to raise money.”