The beat goes on in Somersham with charity drumathon

Jay Newling, from Sutton, who has organised a 24-hour drumathon to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Jay Newling, from Sutton, who has organised a 24-hour drumathon to raise funds for Cancer Research. - Credit: Archant

A Huntingdonshire village will be marching to the beat of many drums during a 24-hour drumathon.

After organising a similar event in 2012 that raised £2,300 for Cancer Research UK, Jason Newling has organised this fundraiser at Shamstudios in Somersham at 12noon on Saturday, May 9 to raise funds for the same charity.

“We lost my mother-in-law to cancer in 2011,” said Jason. “And the disease now affects one in three people in the UK.”

Jason, from Sutton, will be joined by at least 15 other drummers, who will undertake various challenges, such as playing for three hours straight or playing for half an hour every hour for six hours, through the night and into following morning.

“The drums won’t stop for 24 hours, from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday,” said Jason, who’s been playing the drums for 25 years and currently appears with local 80s’ parody rock band Iron Fist.

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Six-year-old Oliver Hill, who lost his grandfather to the disease last year, will be doing a stint on the skins, as will Jason’s 10-year-old nephew Joel Goodyear, who is travelling up from London for the event.

There will be a children’s session from 3­?5pm, which two of Jason’s three daughters will take part in. Five-year-old Mia and her big sister Amelie, eight, will each be doing a 30-minute session.

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A couple of bands will be joining them at the studio to keep things rocking into the night.

Jason also plans to set up a barbecue behind the studio, which has been provided free of charge by owner Adrian Biggs, to help keep people going.

If there are any other percussionists who are interested in taking part, contact Jason on and anyone wanting to donate can do so at

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