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CROYDE’S GOT SOUL – Charity Fundraiser

August 24, 2012

“Soul Music” will raise funds for local charity giving breaks to bereaved or ill young adults.

A gig in Croyde Village Hall will raise money and awareness for local charity, Paul’s Fund, which gives holiday breaks for ill or bereaved young adults. The performers include friends of Paul Morton, after whom Paul’s Fund is named. The gig is on 8th September, the evening of the 20th annual Jesus Surf Classic in Croyde Bay, a highly popular competition on the surf tour organised by Christian Surfers UK who are co-sponsoring the event.  All the proceeds will go to the Fund.

Paul’s Fund enables young adults who face a life threatening or terminal illness, or who are recently bereaved, along with their families or a close friend, to have a holiday break at Paul’s Place, a local B&B in the beautiful village of Georgeham just a mile  from Croyde. Paul’s Fund and Paul’s Place were set up by David and Pippa Morton in memory of their son Paul, a member of Christian Surfers who died from a brain tumour in 2008 aged just 19. The charity‘s unique focus is on young adults 18-30 yrs, the age group that most enjoys surfing and beach life.

The ‘Soul Music’ gig is being held in Croyde Village Hall and starts at 7.30pm. It features three great bands, two local and one from Bristol where Paul grew up:

‘Ben and Chloe’ were best friends to Paul since school days and both have a love of music. Ben features impressive guitar and vocal skills and was part of a Led Zepplin tribute band. Ben and Chloe have a lot of fun experimenting with different genres and bring their own brand of light-hearted acoustic songs. They recently sang at the Bristol Harbour side Festival and come together for every Paul’s Fund event.

Erin Matthews’ is a singer songwriter who lives in North Devon. Her songs have been described as ‘girly acoustic folk’ and her rich vocals combined with heart felt lyrics and catchy melodies have gained her an accomplished reputation. She has performed at Greenbelt festival amongst others and released two albums of original songs. After a recent absence from the music scene she’s looking forward to picking up her guitar and getting back on the stage!

‘Parcel of Rogues’ is a highly popular 6 piece folk/celtic rock band from North Devon. They have been together now for 15 years and have toured Brittany, Ireland and Germany, as well as playing at 3 Glastonbury Festivals. They have recorded four albums and a fifth is on the way called “Not Dead, Just Resting”. Sets comprise a mix of their own brand of celtic/folk rock and covers in their own inimical and engaging style.

A close friend of Paul, Jo Stockdale, 24, spoke of her motivation for being involved and the passion she has for Paul’s Place: “My father died of a brain tumour when I was a teenager, so I really understand the value of ‘time out’ from everyday life to rebuild lost strength. This is why I always get involved in running these fundraising events. The focus on 18-30 year olds is so important. Often this age bracket is neglected among respite charities. Let’s enable more young adults to stay at Paul’s Place and get the rest and recuperation they need.”

David and Pippa Morton said: “It is a delight to host such a positive event which enables us to let people know about our facilities and the vision.”

David added: “Paul was an unassuming young man, but he was musical, and had a gift for painting and photography. He loved the outdoors, whether biking, hill walking, kayaking or surfing. Here in Georgeham visitors can lose themselves in peace and solitude, or enjoy the buzz of activity along the coast, it is all very fitting. We are passionate that Paul’s Place is more than just accommodation for a holiday but somewhere special that will be a source of strength, hope and positive memories for all who come, whatever their circumstances.”

As Paul’s Place has become more widely known, there have been an increasing number of people coming to stay having been referred on by national charities such as CLIC Sargent and the Teenage Cancer Trust. Guests are travelling from as far away as Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester which is a measure of how few charities there are meeting this particular need.

A family who stayed recently said: “Thank you for such a wonderful holiday, it seems a feeble expression when you realise what you have done for us. I want you to know how much we enjoyed staying at Paul’s Place.  The surroundings are absolutely beautiful, stunning scenery, peaceful, lovely beaches, an absolute million miles from where we live in comparison. What really made it special for us is the fact that someone cared enough to make this experience happen for our family. We are facing difficult circumstances but being away and having some fun in some brilliant places has given us a different perspective on our situation. We feel refreshed, spoiled and inspired to help others in similar situations”.
For more information about Paul’s Fund and Paul’s Place, visit


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