THERE was plenty of brass made for Endometriosis UK when saxophonist Carol-Ann Hartells held a music marathon in Bromsgrove on Saturday.
Carol-Ann, the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Standard sales manager, has battled the condition and the £470 collected is her way of giving something back to the charity that has helped her.
She came up with the idea for a saxathon because her instrument helped her through the difficult times she had with endometriosis which affects one in ten women in the UK and there is currently no cure for.
She performed songs on 13 different streets across Bromsgrove – the first letters of the places spelled out ‘endometriosis’.
Among the places she visited on Saturday were Engadine Road, New Road, Dusthouse Lane, Oakalls Avenue and Marlborough Avenue.
She began at 11am and played her last spot at 3pm at the Strand Centre – a performance we broadcast live on our Facebook page.
Carol-Ann at the Strand with her Saxathon for Endometriosis
Posted by Bromsgrove Standard on Saturday, 13 July 2019
Carol-Ann said the saxathon exceeded her expectations, adding she was overwhelmed by people’s response and support.
“The Saxathon brought everything to the table.
“I met children interested in the saxophone, I had people coming out of their houses donating, I raised awareness with people who didn’t know what endometriosis was, and I also met people who had friends with it.
“The public were amazing and I raised a few smiles when I just randomly turned up on a street playing.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support and donations.
“It really was an experience I will never forget.”
And she revealed, following the success, she is already planning her next Saxathon for Endometriosis.
Visit the story at bromsgrovestandard.co.uk to see a video of Carol-Ann’s last performance of the day.