In honour of Harvey Hext !

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A Charitable Direction

Harvey Hext was a wonderful little boy. He was full of cheekiness and loved to cause mischief with twin brother Spencer. Harvey had Down syndrome.


In 2010 at the age of three, he was diagnosed with stage 4 , high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. His parents David and Sarah soon discovered that there were no other cases in the world of a child to have both neuroblastoma and Down syndrome.


In 2010, Harvey’s parents, Sarah and David noticed that Harvey was walking less and less, unusual for  the previously active 3-year-old. He also  had diarrhoea and was complaining of tummy ache. Doctors told the family that they couldn’t find anything wrong with Harvey  and if they  were still concerned  they should seek advice from their local hospital. That’s what they did. A simple blood test was enough for the doctor at that hospital to refer Harvey to the clinical investigations unit in Bristol. On 20th June…

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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