Bracknell musician and cancer patient Ken Poole 61, gathered many of the musicians he’s played with over the last 20 years, for a spectacular, sold out gig to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ken Poole Playing guitar
All musicians and singers performed for free and profits raised from the dinner dance, on Saturday 3 March at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex, went to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ken got the all clear in 2017 following treatment for prostate cancer and was planning a celebratory fundraising dinner dance in Spring 2018. However, just before Christmas doctors diagnosed a rare form of cancer which had taken hold. Ken organised the fundraising dinner dance whilst undergoing further treatment to slow the disease’s progress. As well as two sets of chemotherapy, Ken has had to battle the added hurdle of a detached retina as he prepared for the gig of his life. But he was determined to keep going and do as much as he could to raise funds for the charity which continues to support him and his family and many others in difficult times.
Ticket sales, cash donations, a raffle plus an auction of one of Kens iconic fender guitars, raised a grand total of £3552.20 on the night and funds are still coming in.
The evening was an emotional one for Ken and his family and friends knowing he still has another bout of chemo to face. Ken said: “It was an evening to remember and I am so pleased to have raised so much cash for Macmillan. It was a wonderful experience to play again with such an amazing group of musicians for my family and friends. “
“The support myself and my wife Jackie have received from Macmillan has been phenomenal – it means so much to us and wanted to give something back. We have been overwhelmed by help from all quarters, including my family, my children, my friends and my employer as well as Macmillan. This was my way of saying thank you and it was an epic evening!”
The organisers would like to thank John Nike Leisure for hosting the event for free and offering reduced catering prices and the many sponsors who donated over 40 raffle prizes and cash donations.