A HOSPICE will get by with a little help from its friends after a cover band celebrating The Beatles raised more than £1,500.

Four-piece band Charity Rocks Wales staged the performance in aid of St Kentigern Hospice, which provides specialist and palliative care services to adults across North East Wales.

The gig at Trefnant Village Hall on August 3 was organised by Charity Rocks founder Chris Wood, from Denbigh. Mr Wood, Chris Bainbridge, Gordon Milton and Aaron Richards took the roles of Liverpudlian legends Paul, John, George and Ringo to play well-known tunes including Let It Be, Hey Jude, She Loves You and Paperback Writer.

It was the second event staged by Charity Rocks, adding to the band’s total donation amount of about £2,600.

Just 16 per cent of St Kentigern’s funding comes from the Local Health Board and it relies on voluntary donations. Its services include an eight-patient ward, day-care unit for up to 15 patients, outpatient clinic and bereavement support.

Mr Wood said: “I have always had a strong belief that if you have a talent or something that attracts people as live music does, it should be used for the greater good.

“The idea for the gig was to play as a four-piece band, just like the fab four would have done in the early days of their career. The stripped-back nature of the songs married with the fantastic audience which really made for a special evening.

“I’d like to thank everybody who bought a ticket and showed their support.”

Karen Dalton, chair of the St Kentigern Denbigh Support Group, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support, hard work and passion that the Charity Rocks Wales team put into this great performance, donating their time and expertise in aid of the hospice.”