‘Cake and bake’ fund-raiser for Foulridge cancer victim

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A NELSON firm held a “cake and bake” bring-and-buy sale to support a local man diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Popular Foulridge man Andrew Wilson (57) was diagnosed with terminal cancer two months ago and since then his family and friends have rallied to support him.

His daughter, Rachel, who works for window manufacturer The Sovereign Group, organised the cake sale with the help of colleagues to raise money for the Cocker Hill Fund.

The fund has been set up to support Andrew through his illness and help cover cost of transport for his daily visits to St James’ Hospital, Leeds, where he is receiving radiotherapy.

A spokesman for the company said: “Andrew is leading a very brave fight against this illness which we were more than happy to support him. Employees were asked to contribute cakes and bakes to the stall and buy the goodies during breaks and at lunchtime. This proved an overwhelming success raising £237.69 for the fund.”

Sovereign Group managing director Frances Austin also ran a fun quiz which gave the fund a £67 boost.

Andrew’s daughter, Rachel, is organising a concert in support of her father at the Muni on Friday.

The event, “Live at the Muni”, is to feature local bands including The Dangerous Brothers, Bashphelt and Rhythm and Blues Festival favourites Tin Pan Alley.

All the proceeds of the event will go Yorkshire Brain Tumour Research and Support Charity, Andrea’s Gift.

Tickets are still available for the concert, costing £5 in advance or £6 on the door, and can be purchased by contacting the Muni Box Office on 661234.

Anyone wishing to donate directly to the cause, can do so by going to {http:// www.justgiving.com/liveatthemuni|www.justgiving.com/liveatthemuni}

Andrew’s daily blog, giving updates on his treatment can be found at {http:// www.cockerhill.co.uk/2011.html|www.cockerhill.co.uk/2011.html}