Folk group makes hospital donation

Pictured from left are: Blue Skies fundraising manager Kathy Ancell; Penny Black's charity coordinator, Carol Danson; Pete Skinner (Penny Black); Sister Susan Faul and John Bond (Penny Black).

Pictured from left are: Blue Skies fundraising manager Kathy Ancell; Penny Black's charity coordinator, Carol Danson; Pete Skinner (Penny Black); Sister Susan Faul and John Bond (Penny Black).

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A POPULAR musician, well known among the folk festival fraternity, has been helped through cancer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Now, John Bond, who performs with folk band Penny Black, has raised money for the hospital’s Blue Skies Fund.

John, 67, was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2010 and received chemotherapy in the Macmillan Windmill Unit.

He was so happy with the care he received that he and fellow members of Penny Black, organised a concert at the Layton Institute that raised £2,500.

John handed over the money with fellow band member Pete Skinner, 58, to say thanks to the staff and present them with the donation which will be used to provide special chairs for cancer patients.

John said: “After receiving such great care and attention during my treatment for lung cancer, I really wanted to give something back to say thanks to all the staff for their overwhelming support.”

“All the staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital looked after me so well and I was inspired to put on the charity concert to show my great appreciation for the treatment I received.”

The charity concert entitled; “Before Its Too Late 2” featured musical performances from a variety of Lancashire favourites, including The Alan Bell Band, Scolds Bridle, Chris and Siobhan Nelson, Dom Collins, Ryan Cregan and many more local musicians.

All ticket and raffle sales, along with donations on the night helped raise an impressive £2,500.

The money raised will be used to buy electric reclining chairs that will benefit cancer patients visiting the Macmillan Windmill Unit.