Musical celebration for cancer centre hits right financial note

The grand finale of Rosemere's Spring Concert for its 20th anniversary
The grand finale of Rosemere's Spring Concert for its 20th anniversary
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A musical celebration to mark Rosemere Cancer Centre’s 20th anniversary raised more than £3,000 for its funds.

The classical crossover concert at Blackburn Cathedral included star performances by Bamber Bridge-based choir The Harmony Singers and Preston’s BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 winner Andrew Woolcock.

Lancashire Youth Orchestra Band at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Lancashire Youth Orchestra Band at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Headlining the show, which was compered by BBC Radio Lancashire’s popular midday host John Gillmore, was Heysham soprano Linda Tolchard.

Dan Hill, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s head of fund-raising, said: “For a number of years, we have organised an annual concert that we normally sell tickets for so it was a bit of departure to host a free event.

“We made it free so that as many people as were able could join us in celebrating the cancer centre’s birthday and those that turned out – an audience of well over 300 people, almost double our usual audience – were extremely generous in their support of our appeal. On behalf of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, I would like to thank them very much not just for their kind donations and support for the raffle but also, for helping to create a wonderful atmosphere within the cathedral, which I know all our performers very much appreciated.”

Through a raffle and donations, the concert raised £3,386 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s ambitious 20 Years Anniversary Appeal. The appeal, which has a £1.5m target and is being backed by the Lancashire Post, is raising money to bring the world’s most advanced robotic surgical system to Rosemere Cancer Centre, which is based at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Pianist Harry Spencer at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Pianist Harry Spencer at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

It is also raising money to create a state-of-the-art research facility at the centre to enable more patients to participate in clinical trials to give patients access to the newest medicines and therapies being researched and developed for the future.

In addition, it is committed to funding the redevelopment of Rosemere Cancer Centre’s in-patient Ribblesdale Ward.

For more on the appeal and how to donate visit www.rosemere.org.uk

Margaret Gilbert, Frank Dinsdale and Frances Oddie at Rosemere's Spring Concert for its 20th anniversary

Margaret Gilbert, Frank Dinsdale and Frances Oddie at Rosemere's Spring Concert for its 20th anniversary

Anne Hayes and Margaret Harwood at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Anne Hayes and Margaret Harwood at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

John Gillmore, Linda Tolchard and Malcom Macleod at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

John Gillmore, Linda Tolchard and Malcom Macleod at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Patti Tindall, Eliza Peachey, Miles Peachey, Phoebe Hellewell and Gill Hellewell at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Patti Tindall, Eliza Peachey, Miles Peachey, Phoebe Hellewell and Gill Hellewell at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

John Rawlins, Mary Rawlins, Claire Havey and Paul Havey at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

John Rawlins, Mary Rawlins, Claire Havey and Paul Havey at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Carol West, Helen Stevens, Barbara Parker, Partick Walsh, Valerie Walsh, Sally Coates, Susan Smalley and Peter Mahtani at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Carol West, Helen Stevens, Barbara Parker, Partick Walsh, Valerie Walsh, Sally Coates, Susan Smalley and Peter Mahtani at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Harmony Singers at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Harmony Singers at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Anne Crook, Sheena Keskin, Brian Crook, Lisa Vickers, Jean Bateman, Amy Hilton, Margaret Stoner and Frank Stoner at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary

Anne Crook, Sheena Keskin, Brian Crook, Lisa Vickers, Jean Bateman, Amy Hilton, Margaret Stoner and Frank Stoner at Rosemere's Spring Concert for the charity's 20th anniversary