Entertainer and Holbeck boy, Steve Mays, who performs as JJ Benjamin has organised a charity concert night at Holbeck Working Men’s Club in memory of his son Ben.
Ben died four years ago after contracting swine flu. He spent his last days at Martin House children’s hospice and Steve is full of praise for the hospice.
“Martin House is a fantastic place. It wasn’t about him dying, it was about Ben living and living with dignity until the end.
“My little boy was my hero. He took everything in his stride. I was very upset, as any parent would be, but it’s not me who’s been poorly. I’m still here and I can do something to help, so I’ve organised this concert.”
Steve has roped in his friends and fellow performers Paul Stewart and Kevin Curtin who both helped Steve after Ben’s death. Paul has worked as lead singer with top Motown tribute band ‘Power And Soul’, whilst Kevin has spent years on the West End stage in productions such as Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar. Both are giving their services freely for this charity concert.
Although he lived in Boston Spa, Ben Mays was “made in Holbeck” and Steve can’t think of a better place for this concert than Holbeck Working Men’s Club. Local taxi firms, fish and chip shops and other Holbeck businesses have rallied round to provide raffle prizes.
“I can’t raise all the money Martin House needs” explains Steve “but my target is to raise the £300 it costs to look after a sick child for a week. Everyone who comes along and pays £3 on the door will be making a massive contribution – and they can expect a great night’s entertainment.”