Never Too Late Annual Charity Gig
3 October 2015. Oaks Theatre

Knole Academy

Key points:
  • Sevenoaks-based Charity Gig Band
  • raised £5,500 for local charity and orphanage in Nepal
  • Oaks Theatre at Knole Academy
  • audience of 350 local people

Never Too Late Raise the Roof for Charity
Never Too Late raised the roof and more than £5,000 for the Home of Hope and West Kent Mind (
Never Too Late, the Sevenoaks-based charity gig band, rocked the Oaks Theatre on Saturday night as their ‘Big Charity Gig 2015’ raised £5,500 for West Kent Mind and the Home of Hope orphanage in Nepal.

Joining them on stage were Mind’s very own Skiffle Express, and the Numama choir who transfixed an audience of 350 with outstanding performances.

All performers gave their time for free which means that all the money raised goes directly to the two chosen charities. Liam Manby, Never Too Late’s no-nonsense, night-time drummer, daytime trucker and part-time fireman explained, “We wanted to raise enough for a new roof for the Home of Hope orphanage in Nepal which was destroyed by the earthquake two weeks before it was due to open. And we wanted to fund the training of 12 volunteers at Mind who reach out to those who need help by visiting them at home. £5,500 means we can do both of these things.”
Never Too Late’s Liam Manby sets the pace with the Numama choir (
Steve Drapper, Never Too Late’s rhythm guitarist added, “Oaks Theatre is a state-of-the-art venue. The stage, the lighting, the sound and of course the musicians & choir made the evening an enormous success but the real thanks must go to all those who came to watch us and gave so generously. It’s never too late to make a difference.”
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Born out of necessity and into a smoke-filled bar room (yes, it was that long ago) Never Too Late was a response to a fund-raising event at a local school which was in danger of foundering.

When the organisers discovered that the live music they had promised would cost as much as the ticket sales, they shouted for help. Up stepped six parents whose musical talents ranged from professional through semi-professional to downright unprofessional. Never Too Late hit the stage and has refused to leave.

What started as a one-off gig for a good cause has become a constant stream of worthy gigs. Not only do the band play music that rocks from cradle to zimmer but they have cut the Gordian knot of fundraising: how to provide high quality entertainment without eating up the money you raise.

Never Too Late play for free so all the money goes direct to your charity or deserving cause."

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