Theatre group raises cash in memory of ‘much-loved’ Weston man

Octopus Drama Group’s Nick Baskerville (left) and Will Titcomb (right) present their donation to Wes

Octopus Drama Group’s Nick Baskerville (left) and Will Titcomb (right) present their donation to Weston Hospicecare’s Simon Angear. - Credit: Weston Hospicecare

A close-knit theatre group has donated hundreds of pounds to Weston Hospicecare in memory of their much-loved friend.

Octopus Drama Group, based in Thornbury, put its talents to work to raise money for the charity after it cared for one of its own.

Graham Grey, from Weston, died of stomach cancer back in July.

Octopus vice-chairman Nick Baskerville said: “Graham had been coming here for a number of years, and the group was like a second family to him.

“When fighting a particularly nasty stomach cancer, he was visiting Weston Hospicecare on a regular basis as a day patient, knowing one day he would end up being admitted.

“Our event was a northern revue, held in celebration of Graham and to try to make ourselves feel a bit better after losing him.”

The night featured light-hearted theatrical duets, monologues and comedy. There was also an auction of promises, with items ranging from drum lessons and babysitting to kayak lessons and Premier League tickets.

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Around 40 of the group’s members took part, with those who were unable to attend also offering donations from afar.

The event raised £700 for the hospice which will go towards making sure people like Graham and his family have the help and support they need.

Another Octopus member, Will Titcomb, said: “We all remember Graham fondly – he loved to play a baddie, with his distinctive Bolton accent.

“Everybody loved him, and they were all happy to put their hands in their pockets to help a charity which did so much for him.”

Corporate fundraising, events and communications manager Simon Angear said: “It means a lot to everyone at Weston Hospicecare to receive support from people who have seen for themselves how our work has helped their family or friends.

“We know Graham’s friends from Octopus Drama Group visited him during his time at the hospice, and we are touched they have now returned to make such a wonderful donation.

“A huge thank you to everyone who played a part in this fabulous event, and to all those who dug deep to support us – we are hugely grateful for your help.”