John Walker’s annual charity band concert at Wellington Arts Centre last weekend raised more than £600 for S.U.R.E which helps to provide funds for equipment for Musgrove Park Hospital’s specialist cancer treatment centre in Taunton.
The ever-popular musical event – the tenth which John has organised since 2006 – raised the funds from ticket sales, donations during the event and a generous individual donation of £200 in memory of John’s brother, Nigel, who died of cancer in April.
John said, “The concert raised approximately £450 and I also received a donation of £200 in memory of my brother Nigel. We don’t know how much are in the collection buckets which are handed in unopened to the S.U.R.E. representative so this should swell the coffers further. The show was well-attended and I may have some further funds for S.U.R.E later on this year.”
He added, “It’s so heartening when the audience are so receptive. It makes our annual charity gigs especially pleasurable.”
The concert – a ‘Pot Pourri celebrating the band’s favourite songs’ – featured John, Tony Woollard, Andy Burne and John Steele with Adele (Dilly) Croxall appearing as guest vocalist.
Over the last 10 years John’s concerts have raised over £3,000 for various charities.
S.U.R.E is currently supporting efforts to raise £500,000 before 2017 to provide the Beacon Centre in Taunton with a new Big Bore CT scanner and simulator. The Beacon Centre provides patients in the local area with cancer treatment that they would otherwise have to travel to Bristol to access.