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Nelson's Shantymen, based at Brancaster Staithe, have paid tribute to their former leader by raising funds for the critical care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Chris Jacklin died after being taken into hospital with Covid in March 2020 and the group along with supporters have raised £3,000 in his memory.

Sam Ireson said: "For the last year, we've been raising money for the critical care unit at the QEH in memory of our leader and friend Chris 'Jacko' Jacklin.

Chris 'Jacko' Jacklin died in March 2020 and was the leader of Nelson's Shantymen. (54480833)
Chris 'Jacko' Jacklin died in March 2020 and was the leader of Nelson's Shantymen. (54480833)

"He passed away from Covid-19 in March 2020. We started rehearsing again in June 2021 after most of the restrictions were lifted.

"Me and my dad Steve, who’s now in charge wanted to give back to the QEH.

Nelson's Shantymen present a cheque raising £3000 to the critical care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn. (54480826)
Nelson's Shantymen present a cheque raising £3000 to the critical care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn. (54480826)

"They deserve as much help as possible and we wanted to use our platform of entertaining people with songs of the sea.

"We’ve had so much support after people found out about Jacko and would like to thank everyone who gave generous donations when seeing us rehearse at the Jolly Sailors in Brancaster Staithe and gigs all over North Norfolk.

"We’ve been raising money for local charities for 12 years in March and raised over £34,100 for local charities over this time."

A picture taken in March 2020 ... Brancaster Brewery has brewed an ale to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nelson's Shantymen. Pictured are Jolly Sailors general manager Simon Parkin, Chris Jacklin and Steve Ireson. MLNF-20IB03482
A picture taken in March 2020 ... Brancaster Brewery has brewed an ale to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nelson's Shantymen. Pictured are Jolly Sailors general manager Simon Parkin, Chris Jacklin and Steve Ireson. MLNF-20IB03482

Nelson's Shantymen rehearse at the Jolly Sailors public house on Mondays at 7pm .

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