Saturday, 25 September 2010


On Friday I went to Cardiff for the Glamtastic fundraising lunch in aid of Amser Justin Time, a charity set up in memory of Justin Smith by his wife Shân Cothi after Justin died of pancreatic cancer three years ago. Justin was a TV producer and director but was well-known in Cardiff for his previous incarnation as Pepsi Tate, bassist and lyricist with Welsh glam rock group TigerTailz.

The lunch was hosted by Damon Rochefort, my daughter's father and Justin's best friend - they had known each other since they were two - and featured performances from Shân, Sharon D. Clarke, Rhydian, Serendipity, members of Only Men Aloud and TigerTailz. Damon writes for Coronation Street and members of the cast had travelled down to lend their support. Rachel Leskovac, Tupele Dorgu and Steve Bell helped out by drawing the raffle and offering auction prizes. Ex-boxer Steve (a former captain of the England boxing team at the Commonwealth Games) offered the chance to spar with him and meet professional boxers at the gym where he trains. Other prizes included a tour of the Coronation Street set, a private lunch cooked by a celebrity chef, tickets for every Wales international rugby game at the Millennium Stadium, as well as signed sporting memorabilia and a day learning dance moves with Serendipity's choreographer.

Justine Pickering organised the lunch, which raised £40,000 - to be shared between Amser Justin Time and Velindre Cancer Centre's Leading Lights appeal, to help fund specialist nursing care for pancreatic cancer patients in Wales.

The photos in the feature in WalesOnline came out better than mine, though I have had more practice at spelling Rochefort.

Here's Shan singing I believe with TigerTailz and Bryn Terfel in a fundraising single that was put together after Justin died. You can even catch a glimpse of Lauren's Grandad in it. If you download it from iTunes, the money goes to Amser Justin Time.

After that, there's a video of Justin - one of three that was put together by his friend Tony Mabey for the funeral in 2007.


mywordlyobsessions said...

Wow, you've had a busy time. Lovely to see people come together like this. Thanks for sharing the videos!

Helen Smith said...

It was a really lovely day, despite the sad reason for getting together.