Music trio to raise the roof in aid of prostate cancer
A local music trio is inviting residents to join them for an evening of folk, blues and more at Redcatch Community Centre – all in aid of raising money for prostate cancer research.
Magpies’ band member, Richard Burley, 64, was diagnosed with the disease in 2017, and alongside his bandmates, Mike Bowles and Hilary Pavey, they are hoping to generate funds towards a research project which aims to roll-out improved prostate cancer screening across the UK.
Money raised will go to the Imperial Prostate Foundation’s Prostagram initiative, which is led by the surgeon who operated on Richard at Charing Cross hospital.
Richard, whose cancer initially went undetected despite blood tests, came up with the idea of putting on the gig to ‘give something back’ to the research project which helped him.
Richard said: “For someone who has experienced the present, rather hit-and-miss diagnosis procedure, I’m very much in favour of this project which will make the whole process more effective and bearable for the individual patient.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the UK with around 12,000 deaths recorded in 2017.
Richard added: “In addition to being a way of my giving back and helping sufferers in the future to get a good definitive diagnosis, the show is also a celebration of friendship in adversity.
“My bandmates stood by me throughout this and other health problems in the last two or three years and never wavered in their support or desire that the three of us should make music together.
“Folk, Blues & Beyond marks our leaving all that dark time behind and making good on our promise to each other to make some music.”
There will be three acts throughout the evening – all performing for free.
The evening, which will be MC’d by the Bard of Windmill Hill, will kick-off with folk duo Jan Vaisey and Ian Harvey, who, like Richard, has also recently received treatment for prostate cancer.
Blues duo Nobody’s Business will follow, and the evening will culminate with Magpies playing a mixture of folk, blues and original material.
Doors will open at 7pm on March 7. Music starts at 7.30pm.
Entrance is £7 (or £6 if you have booked a seat in advance by ringing 01761 241753 or 07743 996975) and must be paid in cash on the door.
Bring your own alcohol or soft drinks. Teas, coffees and snacks will be provided by the Redcatch Club. There will also be a raffle. All money raised to go to the charity.
Image: Magpies band members (L-R) Mike Bowles, Hilary Pavey and Richard Burley