Bon Jovi fan in European gig competition
PUBLISHED: 15:40 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:17 23 August 2010
A MASSIVE music fan is battling gig-goers across Europe for the chance to see her favourite rockers. Lisa Staff, 37, of Churchill Road, Gravesend, has been in love with rock legends Bon Jovi since she was 13 and is battling for prime seats to see them ne
A MASSIVE music fan is battling gig-goers across Europe for the chance to see her favourite rockers.
Lisa Staff, 37, of Churchill Road, Gravesend, has been in love with rock legends Bon Jovi since she was 13 and is battling for prime seats to see them next summer at London's O2 arena.
Mrs Staff, who is an optical assistant at Specsavers, Gravesend, was asked for the craziest place she would like to see the band perform as part of an online competition - with the most voted for entry receiving the tickets.
Her response, echoing her companies catch phrase that that they should come to Specsavers, has seen her fly to the top of the leaderboard and she is desperate to hold on to No. 1.
She said: "In just two or three weeks I have got 206 votes, beating off the French and Spanish. It is about getting the word out and I have probably devoted about ten to 15 hours a week trying to get people to vote for me."
Aware that her campaign is for personal gain she has vowed to donate 10p to Darent Valley Hospital Lollipop Appeal for every vote she receives.
The mother-of-two is a keen supporter of the hospital after they cared for her newborn daughter Abbie seven years ago and last year raised about £100 for the appeal with a 100ft abseil.
She added: "Obviously this is something for me so I decided to give something back in return. At the moment it is just over £20, but if 1,000 people vote for me then that's £100. It's not much but it is something."
Mrs Staff, who saw the US band touring last year in Glasgow as a birthday present and then snagged last minute tickets to see them at Twickenham has tattoo of the band as a visible sign of her devotion.
"I have always talked about them and played their music, but now with the appeal I have gone into overdrive. My husband just rolls his eyes and says whatever makes you happy," she added.
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