Music event raises cancer cash to the tune of £3,000

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A music teacher organised a music-a-thon and pulled in charity cash to the tune of £3,000.

Julie O’Dowd raised the money for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Breast Cancer Research Appeal to thank medical staff who helped her sister, Jill Beasley from Selston.

Jill was diagnosed last summer with stage three breast cancer and was receiving chemotherapy when a stage four cancer was also found.

Julie decided to raise funds for the cause following Jill’s treatment by the oncology team at Nottingham City Hospital.

Julie said: “The team never gave up on Jill and she has now completed chemotherapy, radiotherapy and has had a mastectomy,” said Julie. She continues to receive herceptin treatment.

“Jill has been very brave and stayed reasonably well throughout this, thanks to the excellent support from 
the hospital, family and friends.”

As a thank you, Julie organised the four-and-a-half-hour music-a-thon at Castle Donington Catholic Church, where she works.

The 35 performers included Julie’s piano students, whose ages range from eight to 80, together with soloists/duettists on cello, trombone, guitar, flute, violin, voice and clarinet.

The Townsend family Irish ensemble and the Castle Donington Catholic Church Choir also performed on the day.

Jill and her friends held a cake stall at the event and there was also a raffle.

“Many of the performers were generously sponsored and there were also donations sent from friends and family not able to attend.

“Once Gift Aid has been added the amount raised will be well over £3,000,” added Julie.

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