Welsh rock stars play pub gig in support of youngster’s physiotherapy

They have sold millions of records worldwide and played to crowds at some of Britain’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, V and the Isle of Wight.

But last month Stereophonics performed a rather more intimate gig to help a boy with cerebral palsy.

The Welsh rock band headlined the charity concert, organised in aid of ten-year-old Jacob Kennedy.

The event was hosted by the Snow Goose pub, in Farnborough, with more than £1,000 raised towards Jacob’s much-needed physiotherapy.

News that the group were topping the bill was kept a closely guarded secret, with those who had bought a £5 ticket unaware that the Graffiti on the Train singers would be making an appearance.

Landlady Kate Hayden had been able to offer the surprise to pub regulars after winning a competition for the band to play a secret gig at the venue of the winner’s choice.

Thanks to the proceeds, Jacob has received the physiotherapy at The Footsteps Centre in Oxford, a facility which specialises in the intensive rehabilitation of children and young adults with conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Speaking about the Stereophonics gig, mum Kim said: “Jacob was a bit star-struck, as we all were, but they were very humble and very professional, they were nice to Jacob and it was just mega.

“It was a really good experience and we’re all big fans now, I took some videos which we’ve been watching quite a bit, it was amazing, one of those goosebump moments that make all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. They were really nice people and Kate did really well organising it all.”

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