A group of Barrow DJs has presented more than £1,000 to the Bay Hospitals Charity after setting out to raise funds for Furness General Hospital in memory of a well–known Barrow entertainer.
Stuart Salt was a well-known DJ in the town for 40 years. Stuart’s nephew, Andy Naylor, along with fellow DJs Ronnie Rayner, Phil Anderson, Richard Allen and Chris Woodburn set up the Barrow Boogienights group to host community fund-raising events in his memory.
In early 2020 the group held a ‘70s and ‘80s Rock Night, followed by asocially-distanced ‘Rock and Roll Bingo’ night when Covid restrictions were reduced during the summer.
Barrow Boogie Nights raised £1,125 for Bay Hospitals Charity through itsevents in 2020.
Combined with donations from previous events, thegroup’s fund-raising total for Bay Hospitals Charity now stands at nearly £4,000.
The money was donated to Bay Hospitals Charity for use by the Strokeand Oncology Wards at Furness General Hospital.
Andy said: “There’s not one of us in the team who hasn’t known someone who has used the Oncology unit. We always keep the hospital as one of the charities we support – it’s about giving something back to the community.
“I’d like to thank Rick and Jacky Lucas for letting us use Manhattan’snightclub in Barrow free of charge and DJ Murry Mint for appearing atthe show.”
Andy continues working under the ‘Touchline Disco’ name used by hisuncle since the ‘70s, and still uses authentic vintage disco equipmentfrom the ‘70s and ‘80s.
He said: “Stuart worked at all the clubs in town as well as further afield in places like Manchester and Blackpool. When I was 10 or 11 and big enough to carry disco gear around I started helping and I’ve just carried on now.”
Andy, who works as the pilot boat skipper at the Port of Barrow, is already getting ideas together for when Covid restrictions are lifted andhe can start holding more fund-raising events for the charity.
Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.
Professor Mike Thomas, Chair of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust,said: “We’re so grateful to Andy and the rest of the Barrow Boogie Nights team for this fantastic fund-raising effort.
“It’s wonderful to see Stuart’s legacy live on, both through his love of music and the support that he has inspired for Furness General Hospital.”