Alan Curtis has always been a friend of A Touch Far Vetched and now both parties are calling upon some friends in order to pay tribute to fallen Jack Lenny Johnrose and raise lots of money for the Swans’ Former Players Association and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Curt has assembled a few of his friends, all of whom shared a dressing room with Lenny Johnrose, for an evening of entertainment either side of a compelling question and answer session.
Captain of the team Curt has picked out fellow FPA members Leon Britton and Lee Trundle to stand alongside him on the night, plus current Swans coach Kris O’Leary.
Naturally there was only choice for the person to host the night and running the questioning – the irrepressible Kev Johns!
All five friends were only too willing to take part in order to raise money and the profile of the FPA but also to pay a solemn but worthy tribute to Lenny.
Curt aside, A Touch Far Vetched has called upon a few friends to help stage the event too.
First and foremost of these is Sam – one of my all time favourite Twitter follows! Sam has a strong connection with the horrendous condition that is Motor Neurone Disease and was devastated at the news of Lenny’s passing. We swapped a couple of messages about it. Within minutes of the news breaking Sam was teaming up with ATFV to stage some sort of fundraiser and she’s worked incredibly hard to help stage the event that will take place in just over a fortnight now.
The second friend to get a mention is fellow fanzine editor Steven Carroll, the man behind the excellent Swansea Oh Swansea Fanzine. Steve jumped at the idea of a team up, both fanzines joining forces to pay a proper tribute to Lenny Johnrose. Steve will be playing a significant role on the night itself…as I’ve given him the unenviable task of keeping @SkittsMcGee sober and out of trouble. Oof!
At the risk of this turning into an Oscar speech there are more friends I want to mention! Top of that list is local artist Simon ‘Chinook’ Daniels who is currently applying his enormous talent and creating a bespoke piece of artwork that will be used for a couple of powerful and unique auction items…this is the Curt component only but you can see from this just how much detail has been captured by this seriously skilled artist!
There’s a huge thank you due to friend of the fanzine Gayle Morgan-Simmons of Accent Creative who once again designed our Super Diablo poster and social media graphics.
Also donating their time and talent are the two fantastic performers we have lined up on the night. Young magician Charles Anthony will be mystifying Kev Johns once again whilst local singer Gareth Lewis will be closing the night out in style!
Do not worry dear reader – I’m getting to the end of the friends’ list now!! I have to mention the two Kates at Morgan’s Hotel for donating the room for free as well as a couple of high value raffle prizes and it’s a similar story with Catherine and Katie at Swansea City Football Club for assisting with the event and donating items for our auction.
Also kindly donating raffle prizes as well as sponsoring one of the tables on the night is Rob Elsey of Bespokie Retro and I must say I’m uncontrollably excited to receive the ‘Curt Mugs’ he’s producing for us for the raffle next week! Seriously people, you need to check out his website and have a look at his products – especially the Swans shirt towels range!!
Also sponsoring tables on the night (thus swelling our charitable donations) are the following, all of whom have my friendly thanks:
- Bulk Vending Systems Ltd
- L10 Service Ltd
- Swansea Jack Publishing
- Swansea City Disabled Supporters Association
It’s fair to say this event is a collective effort with a large number of people donating time, talent and money behind the scenes to assist ATFV in its quest to raise money for another two very worthy local causes, and to pay a fitting tribute to Super Lenny Johnrose.
All that remains now is for me to thanks all the friends that have bought tickets and helped us put the SOLD OUT sign on this exciting fundraiser.
Let’s make lots of cash and celebrate the life of Lenny in the best way possible.