Rocking to beat cancer in Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel

Tony Larkin
Tony Larkin

A MUSICAL event to raise awareness of a killer disease is to be held later this year.

Music V Cancer is continuing its efforts to highlight cancer by hosting its second two-day MvC Weekender in October.

And the charity – which was set up by Hartlepool man Tony Larkin after he was diagnosed with the illness in September 2009 – is looking for more sponsorship.

Tony, who has now been given the all clear from bowel cancer is appealing to people in and around Hartlepool to show their support for the special fundraising event, which will be held at the Grand Hotel, Hartlepool.

It has previously been supported by Genesis star Peter Gabriel and Sting.

Tony said: “Our first MvC Weekender in April raised far more than we initially expected, topping £8,000 in that one weekend which was a phenomenal result.

“The event helped MvC exceed £100,000 in just three years and this has only been possible thanks to the generous support from our supporters and sponsors.”

Local businesses already committed to sponsoring the event include: Total Recycling, Phoenix Steel, Gowler Projects, Van Dalen Recycling, Merlin Flex-Ability and Attco.

Vince Conroy, director at Phoenix Steel said: “It’s a pleasure to be associated with Music v Cancer, and the weekender in April was our first taste of the event.

“Staff and our invited customers were blown away by the quality of the night, it’s a must for top live music.

“We will be back sponsoring the event in October and I would encourage other companies to do the same and help raise vital funds for such a worthy cause.”

Tony, who initially organised the events in conjunction with the Support Your Bowel charity, said: “The success of April has given us the confidence to continue with the weekender format and also to explore larger events at some new venues.

“While we are looking at the potential of bigger events next year, the Grand Hotel will always have a special place in MvC hearts and will continue to host the intimate MvC events well into the future.”

The forthcoming event in October welcomes artists including: Nizlopi and Tristan Mackey on Friday, October 4, and Black and Robert Vincent on Saturday, October 5, plus more acts which are to be announced soon.

Music v Cancer held its first gig in October 2010 and has held 11 events to date.

The £100,008, which has been raised over the last three years, has enabled the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust to purchase an endorectal machine, which detects bowel cancer at the early stages.

Hartlepool has the highest rate of bowel cancer deaths anywhere in the UK.

In addition to fundraising, the MvC team will be attending the Stockton Weekender festival, on July 27-28 to help spread the word about the charity.

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