Gig raises funds for hospital

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Former members of one of Britain’s biggest-ever rock bands have helped a fan of theirs raise more than £3,500 for Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital.

The Kast Off Kinks, a tribute act made of ex-members of the Kinks, played a fund-raising concert at Morpeth’s Riverside Lodge in February.

The show was organised by Terry Fogerty, a fan of the band, together from 1963 to 1996, since he was a teenager.

Terry, 61, of Morpeth, staged the show in memory of his brother Pat Saunders following his death at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle at the age of 71 after taking ill on holiday.

The gig in raised more than £6,000 for the Gosforth hospice to thank it for caring for Pat, of Stobhill in Morpeth.

Terry invited the band back to the High Stanners venue last month to raise funds for the Woodhorn Lane hospital to show his gratitude to staff there for helping his wife Eileen fight breast cancer.

Their second show raised £3,505, and Terry handed over that money to nurses at the hospital’s oncology day unit last week.

He said: “We chose the unit because my wife received her treatment for breast cancer, so it was close to my heart. They were really delighted.

“Everyone had a great night at the gig, and several people have asked if I’d fetch them back, which I intend to do on October 14 next year.

“I’ve been a big fan of the Kinks since I was 14, and I’ve followed them and become friends with them over the years. It took something tragic for me to fetch them to Morpeth. I’d never dreamed that those lads would come to Morpeth. It was unbelievable that they agreed to do the show.

“It’s not every day you get to meet your heroes, but to become friends with them is something else.

“I meet up with them several times in the year, and I’m hoping to meet Ray Davies, of the Kinks, at the back end of November, but it’s very unlikely that I’ll get him to come.”