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​Macclesfield woman stages live music event in memory of father

Press release   •   Apr 15, 2019 10:17 BST

Kiara Bailey, 25 from Macclesfield, is inviting local people to The Swan With Two Necks on Friday 03 May, for an evening of live music to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Carer Kiara was inspired to raise funds for the charity in memory of her father, Derek Alan Jervis, who passed away after a stroke in May 2018 aged just 57.

Kiara said: “My dad had his stroke while on holiday on his barge. He was rushed to hospital but his condition worsened over the next 36 hours, before he sadly passed away.”

Kicking off at 7:30pm, the fundraising event will see four live bands perform, including Kiara and her husband Josh who perform covers from genres such as blues, rock, pop and indie. Five Past Midnight, a female led rock group playing covers of artists such as Guns N Roses, Shinedown and Bon Jovi, will headline the evening.

Also performing will be 60's grunge and blues covers band, The Floorboards, as well as The Gritstone Clays, an acoustic band performing blues, country and folk music.

Guests can also enter a raffle with prizes donated from the local community and other businesses, plus enjoy games around the pub to play on the night.

Kiara added: “We chose The Swan with Two Necks as it’s a renowned music venue, and we’d love for people in Macclesfield to join us and help raise vital funds for others affected by stroke. I chose to support the Stroke Association as it’s a fantastic charity which helps so many stroke survivors across the UK. I know they would have helped my dad if he had survived, and it will help to bring me some closure.”

Sian Thomas, Community and Events Fundraiser for the Stroke Association, said: “A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. We’re incredibly grateful to Kiara for organising the evening, and with her support we can reach out to more stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives.”

For tickets and more information, visit Entry to the event is free, with donations made on the night. For more information about stroke, visit or call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at