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Livewire Rock Academy raises money for local Mencap charity

11 Jul Livewire Rock Academy raises money for local Mencap charity

A generous raffle prize from Marshall Amplifiers and a very generous ticket-buying audience resulted in a fantastic donation from Livewire Rock Academy to local Mencap charity, Grove Cottage last week.

The local rock school, which has outlets in Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Epping hosted a concert for it’s 90+ students at Rhodes in Bishop’s Stortford last month, and as part of the evening held a “rock raffle” to raise money for charity.

Prizes were donated from the London Drum Stick Company and Marshall Amplification who gave the schools a top prize of a brand new digital guitar amplifier.

Livewire owner Simon Baker said “We sold a huge amount of tickets for the raffle, but the bonus for us was the raffle main prize winners, Joni and Derek Gammage kindly donating the top prize back to the school for us to auction. That money, along with the sales of the raffle tickets enabled us to donate £500 to Grove Cottage, which we were delighted to do last week.

Grove Cottage, based at 151 London Road, Bishop’s Stortford provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disabilities. Set up in 1966 by a group of parents to provide lifelong support for their children, the charity is totally reliant on donations from the public to keep going.

Tracy Fisher, a Trustee at Grove Cottage, who accepted the cheque on behalf of Grove Cottage said:“ We would like to thank Livewire Rock Academy, Marshall Amplifiers, the London Drum Stick Company and everyone who supported the concert and raffle for this wonderful donation which will enable us to help more local people with learning disabilities.”

Livewire Rock Academy runs rock schools for children and adults in Bishop’s Stortford, Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Epping.

For a free taster session phone manager Dean Austin on 07941 670575 or email

The school are also looking for capable guitarists and drummers to teach students.