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y brother Clarence Adoo was brought up by foster parents with myself and my two sisters. We spent most of our early days living in Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. Clarence went to Richmond Primary and then Shoeburyness High School. He always had a great love for music after learning to play the cornet (trumpet) with the Shoeburyness Salvation Army band from the age of six.

Today, despite his disability, Clarence has retained a role with the Northern Sinfonia as an Education Animator. He visits schools, colleges and adult groups in the north of England to lead music workshops or discussions on music and composers and has been selected on several occasions for the panel of BBC Young Musician of the Year. His charismatic personality and positive attitude have earned him opportunities to take part in television and radio programmes, where he is a strong Clarence or Claz as he is affectionately known, left advocate for disabled issues. School and worked in the insurance industry in London. The company relocated north, so he used Clarence was one of the founder members of the this opportunity to also follow his dream career as a recently formed British Paraorchestra, led by world professional trumpet player. famous conductor Charles Hazelwood. Their biggest concert to date was performing at the He studied at the Royal College of music and then Paralympics closing ceremony with Coldplay. They became a renowned freelance trumpet player. also made a Christmas single involving the Kaos During this time he worked in all forms of music, Choir for Deaf and Hearing children with the from pop and jazz, to classical. He worked with Cliff Paralympics GB team. Also, they were invited to play Richard, Courtney Pine, and the Jazz Warriors and their version of the National Anthem, by the Queen also in several West End shows. He freelanced for herself, following her 2012 Christmas speech to the many orchestras including The Scottish Opera, City country, a real honour. of London Sinfonietta and Symphony Orchestra. He toured Britain and Europe as a Soloist including a In recognition of his services to music and the way specially written solo performance at The Royal he has inspired people, Clarence was awarded the Albert Hall. MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2012. Clarence is a real inspiration to anybody who should have the Tragically, seventeen years ago he was travelling by pleasure of meeting him. He has a brilliant sense of car from Newcastle to London as a surprise to my humour and his interest and zest for life is truly Stag Party. He had an accident which left him remarkable and you can’t help but have real paralysed from the shoulders down and was in admiration for him. Music drive’s Clarence and his hospital for twelve months. JANUARY 2013

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love of it enables him the escapism that he needs in order to live with this very difficult and challenging disability. The reason I wanted to write this article is that Clarence was not entitled to an insurance payment following his tragic car accident; this was because he had lost the use of his limbs rather than losing his limbs which the small print in the insurance stipulated. Consequently, a Trust Fund was set up to enable him to purchase specialist equipment necessary to retain an active and independent life. The running cost of Clarence’s care to enable him to teach and help other people with their music and their disabilities, over and above what Social Services contribute, is currently £70,000 per year. Thanks to the generosity of friends, work colleagues and organisations, Clarence is able to live in a specially adapted house in Newcastle. He uses a mouth-controlled computer for his work and travels across the UK and Europe helping with the design of disabled access for new buildings and has been heavily involved with the design of The Sage Concert Hall in Gateshead. Many people who have been touched by Clarence’s story, have organised various fundraising events and his Trust continues to encourage new initiatives. Fundraising events have included concerts, parachute jumps, dinner dances, coffee mornings and a DVD with world renowned musicians.

On behalf of my brother, I’m asking for people to help Clarence as he is in desperate need of a newer specially adapted disability van which is essential for him to be able to travel around the country and carry on his work, his present van is 14 years old! The cost of this is estimated at £40,000 and I am asking you to please help in any way you can whether it is to organise a fundraising event or simply make a donation, so that my brother is able to have a reliable disabled van to take him around the country and carry on with the work that he so loves.

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New Year starts for most people with a New Year’s resolution. Get fit, quit smoking, clear out the attic or raise some cash from unwanted items. Well we can’t help with the first two but if you are heading in the direction of the third or fourth ideas then the chances are you might need some advice. Unwanted collections, inherited junk, family treasures, all of these have the potential to net a few unexpected pounds in the pocket rather than on the waist. Sadly some people do think their geese are swans and expect more than the market will pay for things but many are pleasantly surprised or even shocked when what has remained hidden for years pays for a holiday.

These days there are alternatives to an auction in ebay, bootsales and so on but they come without advice, a lot more work and less chance of the right price at the end. For ebay the commission also works out higher so a local auction with a worldwide reputation and audience is pretty much un-beatable.

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New seafront Yoga Studio now open With brand new facilities and unique views you can enjoy a variety of disciplines all under one roof Mayura Yoga brings you a serene setting where you can choose from a relaxing or energising workout, freshen up with a shower then recharge in our café. We provide a wide variety of styles of yoga for all ages and levels taught by highly qualified teachers in their area of expertise. You can also enjoy other activities including Pilates, Meditation, Dance-in Yoga, Mum’s School Run classes and much more… All our instructors hold a wealth of expertise and experience and we have specialists available in management of lower back pain and postural assessment as well as therapists covering areas such as: Osteopathy, Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Indian Head Massage, Ayurveda, Nutritional Advice and Counselling. If you are interested in yoga as a lifestyle we offer workshops, yoga holidays and in-house professional teacher training.

Let us help you reach your optimum well-being in 2013 Come along for our January introductory offer of a FREE ASSESSMENT and FREE TRIAL CLASS just quote ‘oracletrial’ 196 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 3AA 01702 580 713 | 07905 270 142 paula@mayurayoga.co.uk | www.mayurayoga.co.uk

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DESIGN, STYLE & CRAFTSMANSHIP Visit our extensive, newly refurbished showroom and workshop in Thorpe Bay. We offer a complete interior design service. A fantastic choice of styles, finishes, fabrics, leathers and bespoke upholstery – a talented and dedicated team of interior designers, furniture craftsmen and curtain makers to create your specific requirements – let us transform your home. Interior design by Michelle Elliott-Britto. We also provide a full re-upholstery and re-modelling service. MORRIS

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Five Bedroom Detached Character Property Premier Location Thorpe Bay Gardens Panoramic Views Of The Estuary Elevated Site with Beautifully kept Gardens

Three/Four Bedroom Detached Popular Location in South Shoebury StunningViews of the Coastline and Estuary No Onward Chain

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Victorian grade two listed Restored Three Large Reception + 4 Bedrooms Beautiful Surrounds minutes from Beach Front Double Garage via Private Road.

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