In August 2014 I embarked upon a solo mission to raise money for the James Watson fund, paying something back to what had been awarded towards my studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Over the course of six days I cycled from Southport to Hull across the Trans Pennine Trail, meeting people at various scheduled checkpoints along the way.

In total I raised £682.50 for the fund, which will go towards supporting deserving students through expensive study courses. These students will hopefully then become the next generation of inspirational musicians, and to take the place of those that inspired this journey. This was a gesture I made in memory of three great trumpet heroes and teachers; Jim Watson, Derek Watkins and Rod Franks. All three were connected to the Royal Academy and sadly all passed away in recent years.

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