Status Quo strike a chord with charity

Rock gods Status Quo will be performing at the Regent tonight - but before the gig they will be providing a bumper boost to an Ipswich charity.

IPSWICH: Rock gods Status Quo will be performing at the Regent tonight - but before the gig they will be providing a bumper boost to an Ipswich charity.

Bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards will be presenting a cheque for �5,000 to the Shona's Smile Foundation, which honours the wishes of Shona Gill who lost her life to Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2004 when she was just ten-years-old.

Shona, of Ipswich, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and despite her passing, her memory has not been forgotten and her cause continues to be a charity of choice.

Status Quo were touched by her story and inspired by her bravery when she met the band several years ago.

The money has been raised from the sales of a book called Goin' Quoin', which details the experiences of the fans whose loyalty has turned The Quo in to a British musical institution.

Yvonne Hanvey, the fan who compiled Goin' Quoin', said that the work took her four years to complete.

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She said: “So far we've had a fantastic response to the book from fans, the band and even their road crew.

“To date we've sold at least 500 copies and raised just over �5,000. Hopefully by the time all the copies have been sold we will have raised well in excess of �10,000.”

Goin' Quoin' will be available to buy priced �14.99 outside the venue before and after tonight and tomorrow's Status Quo concerts at the Regent Theatre.

The band, whose music career has spanned across the decades, will take to the stage to perform worldwide rock anthems such as Rockin' All Over the World and Caroline.

The band were originally set to perform last year however due to illness they were forced to postpone.

Are you heading to see Status Quo tonight or tomorrow? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Status Quo Fast Facts

Status Quo's total world-wide record sales exceed 118 million units.

Quo have recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which have hit the Top Ten.

The band made 106 appearances on BBC's Top of the Pops - more than any other group.

They have spent in excess of 415 weeks in the British Singles Chart.

Summer 2009 saw the band out on the road around the UK and Europe - and on June 28 the band perform their first ever show at the Glastonbury Festival.

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