As all bands know, Christmas is a major time for generating funds to see the band through the following year, with concerts and carolling sessions galore. Stocksbridge Band are undertaking a slightly unusual method of fundraising this year, however, with Bass Trombonist Nick Stokes attempting a ’Sponsored 12 Hour Christmas Carolathon’. Kicking off at 9am, Nick will be attempting to play with as many bands, in as many different places as possible, before 9pm. He will be starting at 9am with Stocksbridge Band at Morrisons in Hillsborough, Sheffield, and moving on in and around Sheffield to cover as much ground and meet as many bands as possible. He will be accompanied by a photographer to keep a record of all the bands he plays with. Nick says, “Christmas is a great time of year for bands to raise some much needed funds, and I thought it would be good to try something a little bit different. It should be good fun, but I bet I’ll end up playing the same carol eight or nine times!” Stocksbridge Band’s Sponsorship Secretary, Clare Moore, said, "Nick's 'Christmas Carolathon' is a great idea for raising funds for the band, and Stocksbridge Band hope that as many local bands as possible get involved with this marathon event! We are currently trying to get media exposure for the event, so you may see Nick's smiling face in a newspaper near you!" If you would like to sponsor Nick, drop him a PM. Nick is also looking for bands in and around Sheffield who are out carolling on Christmas Eve, and would be happy for him to drop in and play a tune or two with them. If you can help, please PM either Nick or clare_euph. To be continued…!