The Bismarcks are three English musicians playing traditional tunes on three instruments:
Ed Rennie on melodeon, Nina Hansell on fiddle and Gareth Kiddier on piano.
Small but perfectly formed, The Bismarcks sound is some how greater than the sum of its parts. At times there’s an almost mechanical, unstoppable energy to their playing. Exactly how this happens is probably not something which can or should be defined. Suffice to say that it’s just three people doing what they love to do. That’s what makes The Bismarcks amongst the bounciest, most infectious and best music for English ceilidh dancing.
Having performed at ceilidh clubs and festivals for ten years, The Bismarcks disbanded in 2006, only reforming for very occasional dances and parties that are that extra bit special. They are delighted to be back together for a rare performance on the Isle of Wight and are very much looking forward to working with their favourite caller Sheena Masson.
Sophie Rolf was a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl who, a few months before her 5th birthday, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Through all her therapy Sophie showed great courage and a smile that has inspired all of those around her.
Initially we set up ‘KissyPuppy’ as a mechanism to fund raise for Sophie and her family. Sadly Sophie lost her battle at the end of 2013 but KissyPuppy intends to continue to provide support to children on the Isle of Wight suffering from life-shortening conditions and is now KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf Trust.
What this devastating process highlighted to Sophie’s family, is the limited healthcare options available for children living or dying from life limiting conditions on the island.
Currently, children from the Isle of Wight travel to Naomi House in Winchester for specialist respite or end of life care, which for Sophie and her family would be a three hour journey each way.
The Earl Mountbatten Hospice (EMH) is an independent charity providing comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-limiting illness and they are looking at how they can extend these services to children.
We appreciate the phenomenal support for Sophie and her family from the Community on the Isle of Wight and the wider support we have received. We have been raising funds together with EMH, to create an Island based solution that would support children on the Isle of Wight with life shortening conditions.
The EMH project aims to bring together locally provided and family led palliative care services for children, teenagers and young adults on the Isle of Wight. EMH is working with the Isle of Wight NHS and other local groups, organisations and Island families to make this happen.
Over a period of time a range of services will be developed offering flexible, individualised care and support, in the place of choice, and built around the unique needs of each family. These services will be coordinated centrally, and delivered by a multi-professional team, working together with each family to support their wishes and care choices and will extend to friends and all those involved..
EMH is already setting up a Family Network to bring together Island families who are affected by life shortening conditions and to provide them with help and support through their Information & Support Centre in the John Cheverton Centre.
Donations would be very much appreciated and we thank you for your continued support.