A BIDEFORD runner is cranking up the volume on his fund-raising efforts with a charity gig in Westward Ho! on Friday. The gig in aid of VICTA - Visually Impaired Children Taking Action - takes place at the Elizabethan and will feature soul, jazz, rock, s

A BIDEFORD runner is cranking up the volume on his fund-raising efforts with a charity gig in Westward Ho! on Friday.The gig in aid of VICTA - Visually Impaired Children Taking Action - takes place at the Elizabethan and will feature soul, jazz, rock, ska and funk from popular local band Strange Brew. Also on the bill, from 7.30pm until late are cool 80s classics from the reformed James Gang, and reggae, soul and funk from new band, Ready and Retros.Strange Brew and James Gang saxophonist Graham Clarke is among a group of four would-be marathon runners who are currently raising money to take part in the world famous long distance race in London next April.He and John Jeffries, Dawn Jeffries, and Paul Clarke all need to raise £1,000 each for VICTA, a charity that became close to their hearts after Graham's daughter Loesha lost the sight in one of her eyes following an accident three years ago."We have made a good start already through various fund-raising events this year, but still have a long way to go," said Graham."Last year's charity gig in aid of the North Devon Hospice at the Robins Nest in Bideford was fantastically supported and a great success," he added."Everyone is hoping this gig will be even bigger; so come along for a cracking night of entertainment from a great bunch of local musicians."Advance tickets cost £3 from Graham Clarke 07899 662270; Dave Lansbury on 07890 974319; or John Jeffries 07796 611783. They can also be bought on the door for £5.