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Martin raises £3,000 more for Derian House

Attwater finance director Martin Bate, along with a friend and their guitars, helped raise a further £3,000 for Derian House - taking his total over the years beyond £40,000.

This year, the pair played in Southport at a charity evening that also included an auction and a round of Irish bingo. All proceeds go to the local charity which provides palliative, specialist respite and end of life care for children and young adults throughout the North West region.

Every autumn, Martin and a group of friends put together an event to raise much needed funds for Derian House.

Matrin Bate Charity Gig Martin Bate

How long have you been supporting Derian House?

Martin: For the last 16 years we’ve had an annual event for Derian House. This year my friend and I, who perform under the name of Positively 4th Street, provided the musical entertainment. Dave play rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals and I play lead guitar and do some backing vocals.

The auction raises quite a bit of money and we appreciate the generous support we receive every year from local businesses and restaurants in the Southport area.

Why have you chosen Derian House?

Martin: The reason we first started was because a good friend of ours passed away at an early age. We decided to do some fundraising each year to keep his memory alive.

People are really generous. Over the years I estimate we’ve raised more than £40,000 for Derian House.

Who are your musical influences?

Martin: Our Duo takes its name from a Bob Dylan song, as we’re both big fans. It’s our homage to him, even though ironically we don’t play any of his music.

When we perform we try to play songs that we enjoy playing and hopefully others like listening to. We do everything from Carole King to Coldplay.

We hear you’re a guitar fanatic…

Martin: It’s true I’m a bit of a guitar fan. I play a Fender Stratocaster. Well, actually, I have 11 guitars!

The last one I bought was in South Africa, and I brought it back in my luggage. It was a bit special – made out of motorcycle parts, and I’m very pleased with it. It looks really retro and has a great blues tone to it.

Thanks Martin – great work! Don’t forget, we have a donation box in reception if you want to help us support Derian House too.