Virtual karaoke sessions raise vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research

29 October 2020

A live music fan has raised more than £300 for Yorkshire Cancer Research by organising virtual karaoke events in memory of his mother-in-law.

Jason Dobson, who lives in Wilsill, near Harrogate, began live streaming sessions from his karaoke van during lockdown in tribute to Elaine Fox, who passed away from cancer in 2018.

Elaine was a popular singer on the local pub and club scene, with a huge passion for music. She was a dedicated supporter of Yorkshire Cancer Research until her death.

Elaine with her daughter, Rachael
Jason Dobson is holding virtual karaoke sessions in tribute to his mother-in-law Elaine, who is pictured with her daughter, Rachael.

Jason said: “I got into live music soon after I started dating Elaine’s daughter, Rachael. She was a fantastic singer, and there was never a dull moment when she was around. It was thanks to her that I got into DJing, karaoke and sound reinforcement as both work and a hobby.

“I thought it fitting to try to raise some money through music for a charity she selflessly donated to until the end. We’ve had lots of fun and I’m sure Elaine would have loved the sessions.”

Jason’s ‘Vanaoke’ events have been a huge success, featuring lots of talented singers from around the Harrogate and Nidderdale area.

As well as live streaming from his van, Jason has broadcast shows from local businesses such as Stump Cross Caverns. He is now busy planning more events for Halloween and the festive season.

Jason added: “Elaine is sadly missed by her partner, Ian, and all her family, especially her three great kids Ashley, Rachael and Byron. She was a legend in the village of Darley, and it’s great to be able to remember her while raising funds for such a good cause.”

Jason Dobson and familyElaine Fox was a popular singer on the local pub and club scene. She is sadly missed by Jason, Rachael and her grandchildren.

Jason’s next event, ‘Halloween Vanaoke’, takes place this Friday at 8pm. It will be live streamed from Beauty Boutique in Pateley Bridge.

Visit Jason's Facebook page to keep up-to-date with future events, or you can make a donation through his JustGiving page.

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