Father and daughter to host Weston-super-Mare gig in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 October 2016
A father from Worlebury is hosting an evening of live music at Weston's Grand Pier to raise money for a charity which helped his daughter overcome cancer.
Alan Hill is hosting the Making Cancer History event to raise funds for the Bristol branch of the Teenage Cancer Trust, after it gave his daughter Jodie vital support when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on his birthday in 2014, aged just 22.
At the time of her diagnosis, Jodie was forced to give up university and she underwent nine months of chemotherapy, followed by three weeks of radiotherapy, at the Teenage Cancer Trust’s centre in Bristol.
Thankfully, Jodie’s cancer has been in remission for the past 18 months, but Alan said he wanted to continue giving back to the charity which helped his family after a concert he organised last year raised more than £3,000.
Alan told the Mercury: “There were friends we made there who went on the same journey as Jodie and they did not make it.
“You think cancer is a disease which affects older people – you do not expect it to strike down young people.
“It was really touching to go to their offices in Bristol last year with a big cheque and say ‘thank you’.”
Jodie, who is now aged 24, said the concert was an excellent way of raising awareness for the charity.
She said: “Last year we raised so much money and it was such a good event. It is a good way to get the word out there and let people know that it does happen to young people too.”
Making Cancer History will feature music from The John Verity Band, The Accused and The Orphans when it takes place at 7.30pm on October 22. Tickets, priced £15, are available from the Grand Pier’s gift shop or from the Grand Pier website.