Tickets have gone on sale for a concert to raise funds for Sidmouth and Seaton's Hospice at Home services.

Celtic harp player Fionnuala Kirby will perform at the Blue Ball in Sidford on February 12 next year.

The concert is being organised by Jan Strapp whose husband Roy has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After having treatment to prolong his life he developed vascular dementia. Jan and Roy, who have lived in both Sidmouth and Seaton, have been supported by Seaton Hospice at Home, as well as Admiral Nurses and Marie Curie. In gratitude, Jan said she wanted to raise money for both Seaton and Sidmouth Hospice at Home services.

She said: "I know I could not carry on caring for Roy without a lot of support and it comforts me to know that the Hospice teams are available 24/7.

"Harp music is a calmer for Roy. This is why I chose a harp concert, which I know will not only work magic on Roy but be enjoyable for others."

Fionnuala Kirby plays a 36-string Celtic harp, and her music is inspired by many sources including her English and Irish roots, her classical and religious upbringing, and her love of folk music, rhythm and world music.  She plays a wide range of traditional tunes, classical pieces, popular tunes and Paraguayan harp music, and sings to her own accompaniment.

She has released three CDs and, at the concert in February, she will perform some music from her latest album 'Constellation' as well as other material.

Tickets are £15 and available from Paragon Books and the Sidmouth Hospice hub in the High Street. In Seaton they can be bought from Hair at 12b, Owl and Pyramid,  Coastal Craft, Barista fourteen, and Natural Worx.

Alternatively, contact Jan directly: email or call 07850 163241. 

Proceeds from the concert will be shared equally between the two hospice services. Donations can also be made via Just Giving at 'Jan's fundraiser for Sidmouth and Seaton Hospice at Home'.