Rock concert to take place in memory of Cheltenham schoolgirl Abi Owen
ROCKERS from Cheltenham are set to play a gig to raise money in memory of Bishop's Cleeve schoolgirl Abi Owen, who died last month.
An appeal in the 12-year-old's memory has already raised £9,500 with funds going to Bristol Children's Hospital, where she spent her last moments.
Now Straight Torque, a five-piece outfit, are planning to hold a concert to support the appeal. It will take place at the King's Head pub, in Bishop's Cleeve, on April 6.
Chas Holt, the group's bass guitarist, who lives in the village, said there was a deeply personal reason for supporting the fundraising drive.
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His daughter Olivia was taken under Abi's wing when she moved to Grangefield School last year and made to feel welcome.
He said: "Abi was a very positive influence on my daughter.
"She took her under her wing when she moved schools and made it a lot easier for her.
"Abi was in the last year at Grangefield at the time before she moved up to Cleeve.
"The first I knew of her death was when Olivia came back home in floods of tears one day last month.
"She was devastated as she had known Abi well and would have been looking forward to following her up to Cleeve School next year.
"Through the school we got in touch with Abi's family and offered to do a gig to raise money for a charity of their choice."
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Abi since her death on February 10. She had suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage.
Balloons were released at an emotional funeral at St Michael's and All Angels Church last week as people bade farewell to the popular schoolgirl.
Chas said Straight Torque, which specialises in classic rock, would be proud to do its bit to raise money in Abi's memory.
He added: "We were all very saddened to hear about what happened to Abi and it seemed like the right thing to do to have this gig in her memory."
The concert will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50 and are on sale at the King's Head this week.