Brothers’ night to ‘mend broken hearts’

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Three Belper brothers will be attempting to ‘mend broken hearts’ when they take to the stage in tribute to their grandmother later this month.

Dammit Jack – made up of Belper brothers Howard Morritt,25, George, 27 and Jack, 22, will be performing as part of a music fundraising night at the town’s rugby club to raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

The trio decided to get involved in the event after their grandmother, Jessie Norris of Sheffield, died of heart disease exactly one year ago, aged 78.

Howard said: “We have performed at a variety of charity gigs previously and the BHF is so dedicated to its research and has saved many lives we were so pleased to be asked.

“The work and dedication of the charity is outstanding but always needs more support. We lost our grandmother a year ago and although it’s been a heartbreaking year for our family, we want to help other heart patients and their families.

“We feel that our contribution to this event will encourage more people to see the value of the BHF.

“To all our fans coming, we’d like to say a huge thank you in advance for your kind, generous donations and support. Together we can help mend broken hearts.”

Formed in 2005 after playing together from an early age, the brothers won several battle of the band competitions before going on to play with the likes of Taio Cruz, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Radio One DJ Greg James.

Since then they have concentrated on playing together as a professional covers band and recently appeared at Belper Food Festival, The Bulls Head in Belper Lane End and the Matlock Beer Festival.

And on August 31 from 7.30pm their loyal local fans as well as friends and family will join them in raising cash for the heart foundation’s appeal, which aims to raise £50 million in total to help fund groundbreaking research.

Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising manager in Derbyshire, said: “Launched last year, the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal is one of our most ambitious projects ever. Its goal is simple – to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’.

“At the moment, there’s no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But there is hope. This ground-breaking research will help us to learn how to teach the human heart to ‘heal itself’.”

Tickets for the event cost £8 and are available in person from The Hollybush Inn in Makeney, by phoning Dammit Jack on 07783 948336 and Sophie Jardine on 07785 242736 or by emailing atjardines@bhf.org.uk orDammitjack@hotmail.co.uk

Entry is by ticket only and no tickets will be available on the door.

Volunteers are currently being sought by BHF Derbyshire to help out with street collections in the area and to get in involved in organising fundraising events.

For more information email jardines@bhf.org.uk or log-on to the foundation’s website at bhf.org.uk/volunteer.