Couple organise Jazz concert for cancer charities

Mark Wilkinson Quartet. ANL-141112-163416001
Mark Wilkinson Quartet. ANL-141112-163416001
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A fundraising concert in aid of two cancer charities is being held in Long Sutton on Friday.

The Candlelight Christmas Jazz Concert has been organised by Victoria Hampson and her partner Mark Wilkinson, in memory of their relatives who sadly lost their lives to the disease.

Victoria, of Holbeach, is hoping to raise valuable funds for Katharine House Hospice, Oxfordshire, where her grandfather Brian Hampson (86) was cared for prior to his death from lung cancer this summer.

The couple’s other good cause is Marie Curie, whose nurses looked after Mark’s grandmother Betty Wakeham who died of breast cancer.

Victoria hopes the concert, featuring music by the Mark Wilkinson Quartet, will enable them to show their thanks to their relatives’ carers, and continue the legacy started by Mark’s mothers Annette and her sisters, who have raised more than £44,000 for Marie Curie through regular coffee mornings during the past 19 years.

“So many people we know have been touched by cancer, we just want to give something back to those who helped our grandparents,” explains Victoria.

“I was so touched and in awe of the incredible work that the hospice nurses and the hospice service itself do for terminally ill people every day, providing the care for free.

“Mark lost his grandma to cancer many years ago and she was cared for by Marie Curie nurses – everybody has heard of the charity, but don’t know that much about it until they experience its help.

“We just wanted to do something to carry on the work Mark’s family have done through their amazing coffee mornings – so this is the next generation of fundraising.”

As well as music, Victoria and Mark are also organising a mini-auction with items on offer including a limited edition £350 watch donated by WT Author, Radley handbag, Cath Kidston bag and Lego goodies.

“We were going to have a raffle, but people have been so generous with items and gifts, we thought a mini-auction would be better, so people could bid on something they would actually like – or maybe give as a Christmas present,” adds Victoria.

• The concert at Long Sutton Church Hall starts at 7.30pm.

Entry is £5 per person and payable on the door.

Refreshments include tea, coffee and mince pies, while guests are also welcome to bring along their own drink and nibbles.