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Quartet raise funds for hospice at Xmas whatever the weather

OVER £2,000 has been raised for a city hospice through nine years of fundraising.


The Webb Quartet embraced the sunny weather on Chirstmas Day for their ninth annual appearance playing carols in Hambrook.


The foursome play every Christmas day from 11am for half an hour to collect funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.


This year they raised a massive £409.42 which is a record for them and brings their total over the nine years to £2,379.26.


Don Webb (trombone and ukulele) was joined by sons Kevin (trombone), Martin (cornet) and Kevin’s girlfriend Helen Hooker (clarinet and recorder) in playing carols in The Avenue, Hambrook.


Mr Webb, aged 81, retired as a playing member of Chichester City Band in December. However, he is determined to continue taking part in the family’s Christmas Day carolling tradition. The hospice looked after his late wife, Barbara, before she died in September, 2013.


His son Kevin said: “We had no particular financial fundraising goal, we just knew we wanted to collect for the hospice. ”


Before we started playing for the neighbourhood, we just played for my mum and dad’s neighbours in their front room on Christmas morning as entertainment for their two little boys. “I then had    the idea to move it outside and collect for the hospice and entertain the wider neighbourhood.”

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