Blake Lapthorn wins Solent Rocks!

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We are pleased to announce that it has won the 'Solent Rocks!' charity battle of the bands, raising over £2,000 for charity.

On the evening of Wednesday 21 November, Blake Lapthorn hosted the second 'Solent Rocks!' charity battle of the bands at Southampton live music venue, The Brook, with its band Eclectic Zoo, giving an exhilarating and energetic performance that won it the coveted title of 'Solent Rocks! Best Band'. The Cup has taken pride of place in Blake Lapthorn's reception at its New Kings Court office in Southampton.

The total funds raised exceed £2,000 and Blake Lapthorn's nominated charity, Naomi House Hospice, was presented at its office on Friday 30 November with the winner's prize of £500. The other firms' charities benefitting from this and the remainder (proceeds after costs) of the ticket sales from the night are the Alzheimer's Society, The Rainbow Centre, Rose Road Association and The Seward Cancer Trust.

Lauren Shields, corporate fundraising coordinator at Naomi House, said: "Here at Naomi House and Jacksplace we currently support over 400 families with life-limited babies, children and young adults and are almost entirely reliant on donations like this to keep our services going. We are so grateful to Blake Lapthorn for its support throughout 2012 and congratulate the firm on winning Solent Rocks! It is only with gifts such as this that we can care for so many children and we will continue to work with local families through good days, difficult days and last days.”

Local professional service firms were quick to sign up to the challenge this year, with Primmer Olds/Coffin Mew, BDO, Lamport Bassitt, James Cowper, Hughes Ellard and 3PB all fielding a band. This year's event was overseen by an independent panel of judges that comprised Giles Hedley of Giles Hedley and the Aviators, Edward Fennell, a journalist from the legal team at The Times and head judge, Nick Childs, the founder of Law Rocks.

First to perform on the night were last year's winners, BDO's The Arcadians, who gave an excellent opening performance. Each band played to a packed out venue of around 400 people comprising colleagues, friends and family of the bands. During the course of the evening, the crowd were treated to performances ranging from artists such as Queen and Cee Lo Green. Hughes Ellard (The Hugh Fighters) wowed the crowd in their slick tuxedos and the atmosphere was buzzing from the start.

After a short period of deliberation, the judges delivered their decision as follows:

  • 1st place – Eclectic Zoo (Blake Lapthorn)
  • 2nd place – 5 Bar (3PB)
  • 3rd place – Contra Band (Primmer Olds and Coffin Mew)

Amanda Morris, a partner at Blake Lapthorn and one of the lead singers in Eclectic Zoo, said: "This is a dream come true for our band. We are delighted and it makes all of the preparation and hard practise worthwhile. We are particularly pleased to have been able to raise significant funds for Naomi House, which as well as the prize money will include monies from other firms' ticket sales. Through our Law Rocks' fundraising earlier this year and firm-matching, we have already raised £1,676 for the hospice. Thanks to all our supporters, this should really make a big difference to their fantastic work. The event is really established now on the south coast so I'm sure it will attract even more interest from firms next year."

Blake Lapthorn's managing partner, Walter Cha, who was in the audience this year giving his support, said: "The event was another huge success. The venue was superb and the energy absolutely electric. All of the bands that took part performed extremely well and can be very proud of their efforts on the night."