In a couple of weeks, the Smile for David charity will be holding its annual fundraising event at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton.
This year they will also be smiling for John Ling, who sadly passed away in February of cancer. The money raised this year will be evenly split between the charities NNAB and Marlets Hospice.
The Smile for David charity was founded by James Pullen and named after his brother, David, who tragically passed away in from lung cancer 2009, at the young age of 27.
David was blind since birth but he didn’t’ t let that hold him back, he was one of the happiest people you could meet and he was always smiling. David and his parents were supported by the charity Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) when they moved to Cromer in Norfolk.
His Brother James, who was devastated by his passing, wanted to give something back by supporting the charity that supported his brother and to keep the memory of him alive.
After months of planning and the kindness of his friends and other people willing to share their time for a good cause, Smile for David had its inaugural production at the Sallis Benney Theatre. Amongst the first performers who dedicated their time were Brighton drag queen, Candi Rell, singer/songwriter and cabaret artist, Lorraine Bowen, and alternative all male band, The Lingettes, which John Ling was a member of.
After the success of The Lingettes, James decided to put together another band called the DTM’s, who carried on to perform at the Smile for David events and also Brighton Pride street party. It was his Brother who inspired him to pursue his dreams and put together a band where likeminded men could come together to make people smile and Smile for David events provided the perfect platform for their performances.
The band don’t take themselves too seriously and have fun with their performances, it’s a delightful mix of cabaret and comedy.
You can catch the DTM’s at this year’s Smile for David event, on Saturday, November 12, at the Sallis Benney theatre. Tickets are only £10 in advance, £15 on the door, and are available from The Bedford Tavern, The Brighton Tavern and The Grosvenor Bar.
Acts also appearing will include: Maisie Trollette, Gabriella Parish, Spice, Crystal D’Canter, Paul Murray, Trudy Styles and the Piano Man, Poola May, Pasty Cline, Jason Thorpe, JB, Sissy Sucks, Richard Tredgett and hosted by Candi Rell and Adam Brooks. Morgan Fabulous will also be there to photograph the event.
The after party will be held at the Brighton Tavern and on Sunday 13, The Bedford Tavern will be holding a Piano Bingo and donating the proceeds to Smile for David.
Event: Smile for David
Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
When: Saturday, November 13
Time: Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start
Cost: Tickets £10 in advance from Bedford Tavern, Brighton Tavern and Grosvenor Bar in Hove.
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