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Become an acrobat for Sykes

Appeal closes in on halfway target thanks to a great new play and pledge initiative!

Sykes
  Save Stephen Campaign has received another major boost with a great fun initiative — so get acrobatic bones out

The fund raising campaign for that has been set up to help trombone player Stephen Sykes is rapidly closing in on the halfway mark of its target of £90,000 — just 9 days after it was launched.

The latest boost has come with the wonderfully whacky 'The Acrobat Challenge' set up by fellow trombonist Jayne Murrill and friends — but which to open to anyone on any instrument.

Take up the challenge

All you have to do is take up the challenge of playing the first two phrase of JA Greenwood's famous solo accompanied by a pledge to the 'Save Stephen' gofundme appeal.

You do however have to make sure you post your effort — which can be good, bad, ugly, bizarre, fun, bonkers, surreal etc on-line, so everyone can see you doing it, and nominate a few others to follow your act of surreal kindness and complete self-deprecation.

Have a go

Have a go — some brilliant supporters have already done it. There is even a pdf to download to play the music!

https:/­/­www.facebook.com/­groups/­1337691529600543/­requests/­?notif_t=group_r2j¬if_id=1491223740728146

https:/­/­www.gofundme.com/­StephenSykes

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