The Churn Project has revealed that fundraising hero and musician Julie Kent MBE will be giving its next Pocket Concert on Thursday.

Julia is known locally and across Gloucestershire for the many hundreds of thousands of pounds she has raised for many different charities since the tragic loss of her first child at just three years old from a brain tumour.

She was recognised in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Her mantra is ‘give to charity, give your time, give yourself’ and she freely acknowledges that raising money for causes across the county at first helped her and her husband to cope with their grief and subsequently has been a constant source of fulfilment.

Julie, a former housemistress at Dean Close School in Cheltenham and an alumnus of Leeds College of Music, will be playing a selection of jazz pieces on her saxophone for the Churn Pocket Concert.

Jazz pieces will include: Lily was here, by David A Stewart; Luka, by Suzanne Vega; Mas Que Nada, by Sergio Mendes; Big yellow taxi, by Joni Mitchell; Moondance, by Van Morrison and Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty.

The Churn Project supports young families and people at risk from isolation and loneliness in Cirencester and surrounding villages and with the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus has once again found demand for its services increasing markedly.

The charity’s online Pocket Concerts, which have been running since the early days of lockdown in 2020, are free to access but those enjoying them have the opportunity to donate during and after each concert to help The Churn continue its vital work.

The concert is available to watch via the Churn Project’s Facebook page at 7.30pm on Thursday.