Jools Holland helps Hartlepool-based charity hit £175,000

Jools Holland with a Music v Cancer poster.
Jools Holland with a Music v Cancer poster.

A charity set up by a Hartlepool man is celebrating a boost in funds thanks to performances from patron Jools Holland.

Music v Cancer, which raises money to buy equipment to aid with early detection of bowel cancer and raise awareness, collected £679 at Mr Holland’s Newcastle City Hall concerts earlier this month.

It was brilliant to receive such generous donations from Newcastle concert goers

Tony Larkin

The charity, which was set up by Tony Larkin, from Hartlepool, has raised £175,000 since its first event in October 2010.

Mr Larkin said: “It was brilliant to receive such generous donations from Newcastle concert goers, and we really would like to thank everyone, including Jools and his team, for showing their support.

“We have also been invited to a number of gigs at the Metro Arena to sell raffle tickets for signed guitars from artists such as Ed Sheeran, The Stereophonics and Jessie J.

“It all goes towards a fantastic cause that is catching cancer early for the people of the North East.”

It puts on twice-yearly music weekenders in the North East, with the next happening on April 8 and 9 at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool.

Black was recently announced as headliner for the Friday night, along with Anna Pancaldi, and the Saturday event will be headlined by Bite The Buffalo, with support from Alex Cornish and further announcements for both nights to follow.

Mr Larkin added: “We’re really beginning to attract top names and great artists who come and play at our Weekenders thanks to our supporters in the music industry.

“In the last year, we’ve also had support from Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Paolo Nutini, who have all signed merchandise for us to raise funds with.”

Sponsor packages range from £250 to £1,000, and include VIP seating for up to 20 people.

Mr Larkin said: “We really appreciate all of the support we have had from local businesses who have come back time and time again.

“However, it would be nice to see some new sponsors too and so for anyone who has been touched by cancer, or even who just likes music, these nights are absolutely legendary and have been a sell-out since day one, so we would love to welcome you into the MvC family.”

To sponsor April’s weekender, contact

Tickets go on sale in mid-February, and can be bought from the venue on 01429 266345.