A MUSIC legend has thrown his weight behind a charity which was set up in Hartlepool to help fight cancer.
Jools Holland has agreed to become the official patron of Music v Cancer, a fund set up by town man Tony Larkin after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2009.
He has since successfully beaten the disease and is now achieving phenomenal success with the charity.
In just under three years, the not-for-profit charity has raised more than £100,000 for vital cancer initiatives by staging music gigs and hosting signed memorabilia auctions.
Jools said: “I am delighted about becoming a patron for Music v Cancer. It’s a great cause and I love the concept of using the power of music to help in the fight against cancer.”
Tony added: “Music v Cancer is a very young charity so to have someone of Jools Holland’s stature agree to be a patron is an immense honour.
“We have ambitious fundraising growth plans to help raise vital awareness of cancer symptoms. Having Jools Holland on board will assist us greatly and we look forward to an exciting future with him as an important part of the charity.”
Hartlepool Mail feature writer Marie Westmoreland is part of the Music v Cancer core volunteer team, and played a key role in persuading Holland to get on board.
She said: “I interviewed Jools Holland ahead of his recent performance at Hardwick Hall, and we got talking about charity work. I mentioned the work Music v Cancer is doing and he was genuinely interested in the charity. To say I am delighted about him becoming a patron is an understatement.”
Music v Cancer will host its second Big Weekender of the year, following the massive success of its event in April.
The event on October 4-5 will be held at The Grand Hotel. Tickets for the event cost £15 per night and are available on (01429) 266345.