Singalong night in memory of Danielle

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A KARAOKE night with a difference is being held to raise money in memory of a local woman who passed away last month.

Danielle Crouch lost her 18-month battle with cancer on August 13 and her cousin Vic Payne is determined to make as much money as possible in her name at a fundraiser he has organised in Hastings for Friday, October 18.

The pair grew up on opposite sides of the same Bexhill street and remained close friends up until Danielle’s untimely death last month. She was just 32.

Mr Payne, a talented musician, penned a song for the funeral, selling copies in return for a donation to Cancer Research UK.

Now he is hoping to generate more funds by holding a bandeoke night – where revellers can take to the mic with the backing of a live band rather than just a recording.

Mr Payne said: “Danielle was a lovely person. She was very caring and ridiculously hard-working. She did not have any children but her niece and nephew were the apple of her eye and she used to love spoiling them rotten. She was very family orientated and there was not a bad bone in her body.

“I wanted to do something to raise some money for charity and remembered seeing a bandeoke night in Eastbourne a couple of years ago. I thought it was great but it didn’t seem to catch on.

“My family are all fairly outgoing so we thought we would organise one and just have some fun with it. Hopefully as many people as possible will come along and join in.”

Mr Payne’s own band, The Do Theys, will provide the music and have catalogue of around 50 different songs from the 1950s to the present day for people to choose from.

Songs will be auctioned off with a starting price of £1 and, as the Elphinstone Sports and Social Club in Hastings has been donated for free for the night, all money raised will go to the chosen charity.

A host of local businesses have already offered raffle prizes but Mr Payne is hopeful others will see this article and decide to help out. He is particularly keen to hear from any taxi firms who may be able to provide free shuttle services from Bexhill to Hastings on the night. Anyone who can provide a raffle prize or help in any way should email vicpaynemusic@hotmail.com. To make a donation in Danielle’s memory, visit www.justgiving.com/grinnyforever.