Musicians Dave and Rob used to play in a function band with John, a very talented musician, who sadly passed away from liver cancer at the age of 40. Shortly after John's passing Dave and Rob formed The Retros in his memory. They made their debut at a friend's garden party in September 2002 before starting their public performances across the south of England.
The Retros' hallmarks are their inventive vocal harmonies together with Rob's versatile guitar accompaniment supported by state-of-the-art technology to add other instruments and voices. No pre-recorded backing tapes are used, what you hear is what is actually being played and sung!
The Retros perform at pubs and clubs, mainly in the east Berkshire/south Buckinghamshire area. They typically raise more than £200 an evening from customer donations encouraged by song requests and supplemented by raffles or auctions.
Together with the proceeds of playing at private functions and donations from friends and business sponsors, The Retros have helped raise nearly £73,000 from 309 gigs and 77 other donations. As The Retros popularity continues to grow, so does this amazing contribution.
Dave from The Retros said: 'We get great satisfaction from collecting donations to fund the great support that CLIC Sargent provides. At almost every gig, we have met people who have known a child who needed treatment for cancer. We are both blessed with good health and have the time and means to keep raising funds to support those less fortunate than ourselves. If more people donated their time and talent to raise funds for charity, the world would be a much better place for everyone.'
Nicola White, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager said of The Retros: 'Well done to The Retros who have supported CLIC Sargent for so long and continue to grow their fantastic amount of donations and support in their area. They are a great band who are very impressive live and dedicate a lot of their time to supporting children and young people with cancer.'
See the band perform
You can next see the Retros at The Half Moon, Windlesham on Thursday 27 February where they recently raised a fantastic £400!
The Retros are always looking for new venues to perform in so that they can continue to raise money for CLIC Sargent. If you think your local pub or other entertainment venue would be interested, please contact the band on: email@example.com.
Find out more
If you’re interested in fundraising and are based in West London please contact Nicola White at: firstname.lastname@example.org.