Robert Davies Memorial Concert raises thousands for charity

Collage of pictures by Martin Yip
Collage of pictures by Martin Yip

A memorial concert to honour Robert ‘Rob’ Davies, a 31-year-old from Bury St Edmunds who took his own life last year, has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

On Saturday, less than three weeks from the anniversary of Rob’s death, hundreds gathered in St Edmundsbury Cathedral to hear music by the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir, flute and harp duo Antara, the Cathedral Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars and organist Mark Blatchly.

The event, organised by Rob’s parents Neil and Nettie, raised £5,000 for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity which aims to raise awareness of depression, especially in young people, and reduce the stigma of seeking help.

“It was wonderful, beyond our wildest dreams,” said Neil.

He added: “We hope that continued exposure of the silent killer will encourage more people to be vigilant and get help earlier in life, before the cycle of depression can bite too deeply.”

To find out more about the charity, go to www.cwmt.org.uk