Gig For Gobaith

Popular local band Skacasm are taking to the West End Club’s stage on Friday October 18th to belt out all the two tone classics.

The night has been organised by well-known local man Bobby Kenny in aid of the Gobaith Barri Campaign. This was started by brave Barry Mum Rachel Degaetano in a bid to set up a Suicide Support Centre in our town.

The Support Worker, who lost her 21 year-old son Chae in April 2015, is fighting to start the facility that she is personally, and painfully, aware is much-needed in Barry.

Rachel, who is currently battling ill health, is still committed to her cause and has recently teamed up with Barry Community Hub to help keep the Campaign going.

She has also previously worked with the well-established Jacob Abraham Foundation (JAF) which has a support centre in Cardiff. The Charity was established by Jacob’s mother Nicola after the 24 year- old killed himself in October 2015.

Working together, Rachel hopes to set up the Centre to; help prevent suicide through direct intervention with vulnerable people; raise awareness on mental health and/or suicide issues; promote positive mental health, and support people bereaved through suicide

Our town’s community has been rocked and many families torn apart by the recent spate of deaths by suicide.

Rachel said: “In March and April of 2014, I lost two good male friends to suicide, in March 2015 another young lad took his life and my son died in April 2015. Since Chae’s death, at least seven other young men have taken their lives – including Samuel Uphill in January 2018, who like my boy, will be Forever 21.”

That, for me signalled enough.  Something has to be done.  We need to support our vulnerable young adults. There are not enough resources, they have nowhere to go, they don’t know how to control their feelings, or even what to do with them.  It’s time that changed. They need to know it’s ok not to be ok.”

She added: “We were too late for our children. Please support us to support the young adults of our community. We intend to do all that we can to help save lives and ensure another family doesn’t have to endure the devastation that losing a loved one to suicide causes. Thank you”

Rachel is also looking for raffles for the night, so please get in touch with the Gobaith Gang through facebook if you can help.

Skacasm who will provide the sweet Ska music are a five piece tribute band who play all the classics from the much loved two tone era.

Currently, gigging all over the country, their one night only date in Barry is a unique chance to hear some Skatastic sounds and move your feet to the rock steady beat.

Tickets are available from the West End Club, please click here to grab one.

SVJ

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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist.

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