Music v Cancer charity’s Big Weekender in Hartlepool raises £27k

Tony Larkin left with The Blow Monkeys
Tony Larkin left with The Blow Monkeys

MUSICAL acts from across the country helped a Teesside cancer charity raise £27,000 to help fight the disease when they supported a Hartlepool event.

The Music v Cancer charity’s Big Weekender gig at the Grand Hotel was a sell out as fans flocked to watch a top line-up of artists.

Eighties pop band The Blow Monkeys were joined on stage by Black, Nizlopi and a host of bands.

The event raised £27,134 for the charity which included a £20,000 donation from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Music v Cancer was founded by Hartlepool man Tony Larkin who successfully fought bowel cancer.

He has been clear for four years after being diagnosed in 2009.

Specialist nurses Gill Trainer and Angela Lee, who helped Tony through his recovery, attended the event to hand over the cheque.

Tony said: “It never ceases to amaze me how generous people are when supporting MvC. And to have this boosted further by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund with their donation of £20,000 for new equipment initiatives was tremendous.

“It took the total raised for the Weekender to more than £27,000.

“This will greatly assist MvC in its programme of investing in cancer detection equipment.”

The gig marked the 14th fundraising gig organised by Tony and the charity’s small team of volunteers.

As well as ticket sales funds were boosted by raffles and an auction of signed memorabilia.

It brings the total that the charity has raised in the last three years to in excess of £127,000.

Music v Cancer has also recently secured music legend Jools Holland as their official patron. The money raised will go towards new camera probes to help detect bladder cancer in its earliest stages.

Work is already underway for more Music v Cancer gigs next year including the staging of an even bigger event during the summer.