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Issue 5964

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Fundraising concert for Stephen Sykes and Breast Cancer Now

Friday 19 May, 2017

The ‘Save Stephen’ fund, set up to help popular trombonist Stephen Sykes fund treatment to tackle his Hodkin’s Lymphona, is to receive a further boost thanks to a fundraising concert organised by Mike Kilmartin.

The concert, to be held at Askern Miners Welfare on Saturday 22 July, will help raise funds for both Stephen and the charity Breast Cancer Now which the infamous Boobs and Brass are currently raising funds for.

Mike Kilmartin explained to British Bandsman: “Some months ago, I was toying with the idea of organising a benefit concert but had to give this a lot of thought as I had never done anything like it before. It was relatively easy to choose the charities as I have a good friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and then one of my oldest friends, Joanne Sykes, needs help for her son Stephen as he battles against Hodkin’s Lymphona.”

Mike continued: “Therefore, half the money raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Now through “Boobs and Brass”, the wonderful ‘pink ladies’ who raise funds for the charity. Boobs and Brass are currently funding their ninth research project. The other half will form a contribution towards the ‘Save Stephen’ fund which will help towards purchasing further treatment for Stephen and help towards getting him well again.”

A stellar line up of brass band ‘greats’ has been assembled to appear as guest soloists on the evening, including Alan Morrison, Mark Walters, Stephen Sykes and Kevin Holdgate. The ‘Legends of Brass’ fundraising concert will feature the Hatfield Band with Stan Lippeat hosting, conducting and compering the evening.

Mike added: “Askern Miners Welfare have very kindly offered the venue free of charge for which I offer them my sincere thanks. During the evening, we will be performing the ‘Acrobat Challenge’ so any trombone player attending the concert is very welcome to bring their instrument along and be part of this. Stephen’s mum, Joanne, will be conducting this piece. I just hope that we can raise a substantial amount for these two very worthy causes and hope that large numbers can come along and support this event.”