Retirement put on hold for charity

A MUSIC teacher is coming out of performing retirement to help fund her husband s marathon run and raise money for charity. Rachel Haynes of Shaftesbury Way, Royston, has organised a flute recital featuring music from Bach, Mozart, Rutter and Faure. Al

A MUSIC teacher is coming out of performing "retirement" to help fund her husband's marathon run and raise money for charity.

Rachel Haynes of Shaftesbury Way, Royston, has organised a flute recital featuring music from Bach, Mozart, Rutter and Faure. Alongside pianist Julian Barber, Rachel will play a variety of classical pieces.

The evening will help raise funds for her husband Paul's London Marathon fundraising. He needs to raise £1,500 before the race in April, with the funds being donated to The Anthony Nolan Trust.

Rachel, 35, said: "My grandfather died of leukaemia, so Paul decided to raise money for the trust. We know how they work and how important the charity is - it means a lot to us."

Rachel, who is a flute teacher for Hertfordshire County Council, has not played in front of an audience for a number of years.

She said: "I'm sure once we're out there it will be lots of fun. Julian and I are looking forward to it."

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"Paul has already raised £1,000 so hopefully the recital can add a bit more to that. He's been doing well and I'm very proud of him.

"It promises to be a very enjoyable evening. There's nothing too heavy, just songs that are easy to listen to."

- The recital will take place on Saturday at Royston Parish Church at 7.30pm and entrance will be £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. The ticket price includes interval refreshments.

Anyone who would like to help the couple's fundraising should contact Rachel or Paul on 01763 243954.