Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 10-01-2017

The Big Beat partners with PokerStar’s Helping Hands Programme

by LC

The Big Beat partners with PokerStar’s Helping Hands Programme - picture

The Big Beat has announced that their next fundraising event will be proudly supported by PokerStar’s through their Helping Hands programme.

The Big Beat is a marathon drumming event taking place in February 2017 and sees the group of drummers raising funds for Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.

The Big Beat returns to the Villa Marina Promenade Suite on 24th February 2017 and will see the team of 6 drummers, Andy James, Steve Leach, Noah Egelnick, Jonny Peacock, Ben O’Hare and Martin Rigby, play along to music, in unison, for over 50 hours. There will also be themed playlists throughout the weekend, guest DJs appearing on the Saturday night and the Big Beat raffle on the Sunday afternoon.

Commenting on the partnership, Martin Rigby from The Big Beat said: “With only a few short weeks now till the next Big Beat we cannot thank the PokerStars enough for supporting us through their charity programme – Helping Hands. From our first contact with Sue and the team it was clear we held a shared passion for helping our local community. The Helping Hands support allows us to remain completely focused on fundraising for Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation which does such great work on the Island in raising awareness of heart issues, providing free heart checks and installing portable defibrillators around the Island. This voluntary work costs huge amounts of money and we couldn’t be happier to help raise as much as we can for the team at Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.”

Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving at PokerStars commented: “We are delighted to be adding our support to The Big Beat in 2017 and helping a charity which is close to all our hearts here at PokerStars. The event in 2014 was a huge success and we look forward to helping the team raise even more money in 2017. This support highlights our commitment to local charities here on the Isle of Man and we know our staff will also get fully behind this great event.”

Martin added: “Donations for The Big Beat can be made via We also have Big Beat t-shirts and mugs available for sale at our events, if anyone wants to reserve any merchandise please let us know, either via our Facebook page, or email

We can’t wait to get started with The Big Beat 2017 in February to raise as much as we can for this vitally important local charity.”

Photo -  The Big Beat team – (left to right) Jonny Peacock, Steve Leach, Ben O’Hare, Noah Egelnick (crouching) Andy James and Martin Rigby.

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