Kids Inspire Ambassador Beverley Swan explained the charity’s mission is to ensure that all children in the UK receive specialist support to become health adults who lead complete and fulfilling lives. Providing mental health and trauma recovery support for children, young people and their families, Kids Inspire provides a range of therapeutic and community activities seeking to promote resilience, self-awareness, and relationship building to empower more positive life choices. Beverley is a volunteer Ambassador for Kids Inspire. She also acts as a mentor for young people. She finds this a very rewarding role. The charity has grown significantly since it was founded by Sue Bell MBE fifteen years ago. Beverley feels that the needs are greater than ever.
More information can be found at https://www.kidsinspire.org.uk
This is just one of many fundraising activities and events organised by the charity. Beverley told us that there are numerous roles around these events where volunteers are needed. She said if anyone is inspired by the work, get in touch and see how they can help. 07709 734473.
Curtis Mayfield – Move on up – no 12 in the UK in 1971. In the 2021 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of all time, no 474.
Ian Donaldson- Dream to sleep – 2023 re-recording by their lead singer of the band H2O’s 1983 UK no 17.
We had three tracks that were performed live at the Coronation concert at Windsor Castle.
Commodores – Easy. Lionel Richie performed this 1977 USA no 1 and UK no 9 from when he was the lead singer for the group.
Olly Murs – Dance with me tonight. Olly performed this UK no 1 from 2011.
Take that – Shine – Take That really worked the crowd at the concert singing this UK no 1 from 2006.
Above, the Housemartins in 1986.
Below, Stan Cullimore in 2022.
Stan Cullimore, born Ian Peter Cullimore, recently celebrated his 61st birthday. He played guitar for the Housemartins between 1983 – 1988. Since then he has been a journalist and author, writing 120 children’s books. We hear the Housemartins 1986 UK no 3 – Happy Hour . From the album – London 0 Hull 4 – No 3 in UK and Sweden, no 4 in Norway.
Rick West, born Richard Westwood still plays guitar and keyboard with the Tremeloes. The group formed in 1958 and he was one of the original members. In 2021 he was still playing in the band on the UK nostalgia circuits. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday. WE heard the band’s 1969 UK no 2 – Call me number one. The track was a no 1 in South Africa and top 10 in ten more countries.
Adele is 35 years old. She has sold over 100 million records works wide. we heard her 2012 theme from the James bond film – Skyfall – UK no 2, USA no 3. No 1 in 14 countries.
Multi award winning song including the Academy award and Golden Globe for best original song for a film.
Thanks to Chris Sarah and Bob in Harlow, Chris in Guildford, Sian in Manchester, Patrick in Ingatestone and Beverley in the studio for taking part. Our winner with four points was Beverley. She was amazed and said she had never won anything before!
Patrick requested a piano piece as he noted we are featuring 1957 and he say that he grew up then listening to solo piano pieces by such artists as Russ Conway and Winifred Atwell. We heard the 1995 recording by Bobby Crush of – Can you read my mind? – the love theme from Superman.
Lauren Diagle – Thank God I do – lead single from her new album simply called – Lauren Diagle – released today.
Sting – Message in a bottle – recorded live at Irving Plaza New York City. This classic Police song is no 65 in Rolling Stone 500 greatest songs of all time.
Chart this week in
No 2 Harry Belafonte – Banana boat song – singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry died on 25th of April 2023. It is a Jamaican folk song that Harry heard it sung by workers in a dockyard. UK no 2, USA no 5, no 1 in Belgium and Netherlands.
No 5 Nat King Cole – When I fall in love. UK no 2.
No 14 Little Richard – Long tall Sally – UK no 3, USA no 6. No 55 in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time.
Lou Reed – Perfect day – track form the 1972 album – Transformer – UK no 13.
Jason Mraz – Look for the good – title track from his 2020 album
MercyMe – Dear younger me.
Next week my first hour guests are Diccon the barber surgeon and the Goodwife Mary, members of the Companye of Merrie Folkie. They will be performing a day of Tudor re-enactment at Ingatestone Hall.
In the second hour I am joined by Daniela Hyde and Julie Bowler from the Brentwood Food bank.