Hartlepool charity gig’s success is sweet music to Tony’s ears

Tony Larkin is the man behind Music v Cancer.

Tony Larkin is the man behind Music v Cancer.

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A charity gig which combines music with fundraising struck a real chord with the public.

The latest Music v Cancer Weekender event raised nearly £8,000.

The Magic Numbers were among the acts who played at the latest Music v Cancer Weekender.

The Magic Numbers were among the acts who played at the latest Music v Cancer Weekender.

The series brings top artists to the Grand Hotel and the latest to perform were The Magic Numbers, Goldheart Assembly, JJ Rosa, Fiona Bevan, Michele Stodart, Tristan Mackay and Jamie Beau.

Since the event, the charity has welcomed Tim Ward, a specialist in bid development and research, as a voluntary business development executive as well as getting the planning underway for the next weekender, set to take place in October.

The charity was the brainchild of Hartlepool man Tony Larkin, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 but has now been given the all-clear after five years.

He said: “The last weekender was a massive success and had a brilliant turnout, with over 350 people attending over the Friday and Saturday.

Nothing beats being able to hand over life-saving equipment to local hospitals. Bowel cancer in particular is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and we’re trying to raise awareness while aiding with early detection of the condition

Tony Larkin

“There has been so much interest since the event and we’re looking forward to developing the Music v Cancer fundraising further with Tim. It’s great to have him on board”

Sponsors of the event included Phoenix Steel, Gowler Project Services, J&B Recycling, Coast Kitchens, Attco and Ward Bros.

More than £162,000 has been raised since the first event in October 2010, and last year the charity donated £36,000 to the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, purchasing two bladder cancer probes.

Tony added: “Nothing beats being able to hand over life-saving equipment to local hospitals.

“Bowel cancer in particular is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and we’re trying to raise awareness while aiding with early detection of the condition.”

Preparations are already under way for October’s Weekender and next year’s events, with the charity planning to bring back their online signed guitar raffle competitions to social media.

To learn more about the Music v Cancer cause, visit www.musicvcancer.com