THE family of a man who is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour have organised a concert in his honour to raise money for charity.
Andrew Wilson (57) of Cockerhill Farm, Foulridge, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in August after being struck down with stroke-like symptoms.
Unwilling to let the condition get the better of him, he and his family have thrown themselves into a series of fundraising efforts to raise money for Yorkshire’s brain tumour research and support charity, Andrea’s Gift.
All big music fans, his children Rachel (28) and Richard (26) have organised a concert at the Muni in Colne on October 21st.
The concert is set to feature a host of local bands, including The Dangerous Brothers, who Andrew played the drums for before his illness.
His son Richard’s band Bashphelt will also make an appearance, along with Tin Pan Alley, who have played at Colne Rhythm and Blues Festival in the past.
The concert is being kindly sponsored by Matthew Kibble, a friend of Andrew’s from school, who now owns a transport company in Nelson.
Daughter Rachel said: “With dad and Richard being in bands we thought we would stick to what we know and hold a concert to raise money.
“Andrea’s Gift is an amazing charity and is conducting research into the type of tumour dad has, so we though the money should go to them.
“We have already managed to raise £860 though gigs at the New Inn in Foulridge and the Greyhound pub in Barnoldswick and are hoping to reach more than £2,000 though the concert at the Muni and give dad a night a real night to remember.
“He has been so brave about everything and has this overwhelming strength, never allowing himself to crumble. He keeps quoting Churchill’s speech- ‘keep calm and carry on’ and has kept us all going.”
Village milkman and parish councillor, Andrew, was diagnosed with grade four Gilobalstoma two months ago after losing control of his motions during a conversation with his son.
Doctors at Airedale General Hospital told him the tumour was of the most aggressive form and that surgeons would be unable to operate as it was situated behind his eyes and ears.
Andrew said: “It was a real shock but I am remaining positive and refuse to throw the towel in.”
Last Friday, he began a six week course of radiotherapy at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, travelling to hospital every day for treatment.
He said: “The treatment will be tough but it is better than the alternative. Without it doctors say I would only have around four months left.”
Andrew has credited his friends and family with keeping him going over the past couple of months.
He said: “The support I have had from family and friends has been absolutely magnificent. People have been saying I’m brave but I have had no choice. Once you are in this sort of situation, you just have to make the best of it.”
Andrew has written a blog to keep people updated on his treatment which can be found at www.cockerhill.co.uk/2011.html
Tickets for the concert at the Muni cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door and are available by calling 661234.
Anyone wishing to support the family in their fundraising effort and donate to Andrea’s Gift can do so by going to www.justgiving.com/liveatthemuni