Backing for event is music to the ears of charity

A CANCER charity received strong support for its music marathon in Morpeth.

A number of students from King Edward VI School and performers from the recent Wansbeck Music Festival played their part in the 12-hour event at St George’s United Reformed Church for Henry Dancer Days.

This included a high-quality concert in the evening.

Following his death in November 2010 from osteosarcoma, a particularly aggressive form of bone cancer, Henry’s mum Jane Nattrass set up the charity to help children suffering from this illness and their families.

The idea for the event came from her mother, Gillian Irvine, who organises and promotes concerts and activities for talented musicians.

She said: “We were overwhelmed by the response and support we received in so many ways. The KEVI students were amazing and brought in a lot of sponsorship.

“Goosehill First School really surprised us by donating three huge trays full of cakes, cup cakes and tray bakes. We had no idea that was going to happen and it boosted our takings.

“The concert at night was well-attended and we not only completed the 12-hour marathon, but managed an extra 10 minutes. It really was non-stop music and we had a good audience for the whole day.

“We are still receiving sponsorship but to date, with Gift Aid, we have raised more than £3,300. This is enough to support at least six families who are experiencing the hardship and trauma of children with osteosarcoma and also supply iPads or laptops to the young people themselves.”