Child Growth Foundation

Update...

At this time of year, as soon as we let a week go by, there are too many gigs to report back on! So, since the last post, Tom has sung up at Alnwick Garden, The Old Storehouse, The Boat Inn (twice), and as far afield as York and Northampton!

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Congratulations to Mr & Mrs David Lavarack, in York who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary! They saw Tom performing at Alnwick Garden in May, and asked if he would come and perform at their celebrations at Swallow Hall Golf Club. It just fitted in nicely as Tom was performing the next night in Northampton. They are a wonderful couple, and had many of their friends and family there to help mark what is an amazing milestone. We all wish them all the best for the next 50 years!

The next night, Tom was at The Hilton Northampton, for The Child Growth Foundation's Annual Convention. The charity is very important to Tom and his family - many of you will be aware of Ruth, Tom's Mum, and her recent participation in The Great North Run. Some of you kindly sponsored her, helping to raise a magnificent £1,235 for The CGF. Tom sang at the evening dinner, and when he wasn't singing, provided the music for the dance floor. He made full use of all of his lights, including a a brand new one, and, for the first time had full DMX control of the lights from the sound desk! The room looked superb.

One of the highlights of the evening was seeing Tom, gather all the children on the dance floor, as they provided the choral backing to him singing "Any Dream Will Do". The convention was a huge success - so helpful for so many people. In fact such a success, that it has outgrown the venue and next year will be held at The Hilton, Warwick. Tom has been asked to return and provide the entertainment again!

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Finally, Tom has had to cancel two gigs - this Friday at Marabini's, when Pete Brown has agreed to step in, and on Saturday at The Old Storehouse. Tom is having some minor knee surgery this Friday, but he will be back bouncing about again soon! His next public gigs are on Friday 3rd October at Marabini's, Morpeth, and Saturday 4th October at The Old Storehouse. See you there!

Hitting new heights at The Growth Foundation Convention

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This weekend Tom attended The Child Growth Foundation (CGF) Annual Convention in Northampton. The CGF is the UK’s leading charity focusing on children’s growth and endocrine issues. They provide essential help and support to children and adults with a variety of growth related problems and also fund invaluable research. The convention is a good opportunity for families to meet others with similar issues, as well as meet medical and national experts.

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Whilst Tom and his family have been members of the CGF, this was the first time they have been to the Convention. It was a valuable and inspiring experience. Tom sang on Saturday night at the social event and raised over £200 for CGF. Here are some of the comments:

"Listening to you at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton, you have an amazing talent never stop!:-)"
- Jake Davies via Facebook

A very big shout out to our very own star that is Tom Wyllie you have such an awesome voice my good friend and many will agree on this!!!!!
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook

You were amazing last night. You have a fantastic voice. Hope to see you entertaining us again next year
- Clare Wood via Facebook

I found your Nessun Dorma video on YouTube and gave Magda goose bumps again
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook

We met Tom at the child growth foundation. He performed a massive array of songs. Fantastic performer, he knew how to work the crowd and keep all ages up dancing!
He’s a real inspiration to children with Russell Silver Syndrome.

- Kelly Gonsalves

An amazing performance - I had the pleasure of watching Tom perform this past weekend at a charity event held by the Child Growth Foundation. I was amazed at Tom's talent and ability, not only his amazing voice and the variation of songs in his repertoire but also how he managed to keep singing and fully entertain a very lively fan base of children at the same time! His rendition of Nessun Dorma was simply breath-taking. Well done Tom!!
- Rachel Pidcock

Thanks also to Tom Wyllie for a fantastic performance and for the donations from sales of his CD’s
- Jenny Child via Facebook

We've been listening to Tom on the way home. Great CD and fab entertainment last night!
- Thalia O’Hanlon via Facebook

Was great to meet you and your Mum Tom. You are both inspiring and gave us lots of hope for our little man's future. x
- Laura Small via Facebook