Before It's Too Late 2

From the left to right

Kathy Ancell (Blue Skies Fundraising Manager), Carol Danson (Penny Black’s Charity Coordinator),

 Pete Skinner (Penny Black); Sister Susan Faul and John Bond (Penny Black) 

 Folk group delights hospital with charity donation

A POPULAR musician helped through cancer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has donated funds from a charity concert to the Blue Skies Hospital Fund.

John Bond, 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 his folk band, Penny Black, organised a concert at the Layton Institute that raised £2,500.

John handed over the money with fellow band member Pete Skinner, 59, 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 favorites, including The Alan Bell Band, Scolds Bridle, Chris and Siobhan Nelson, Dom Collins, Ryan Cregan and The Blue Pig Orchestra.

Tickets for the event were sold in the form of a CD album produced by Penny Black. The album consists of tracks from the duo’s back catalogue of music and admitted two adults into the charity gig. Other activities on the night included a raffle, with prizes ranging from a helicopter trip, meals for two and vouchers for high street stores.

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.

Sister Susan Faul from the Macmillan Unit, said: “This money kindly donated to the unit will go towards making the time people spend in hospital for treatment a little easier. “Thanks to the great efforts of Mr Bond and all involved with the fundraiser, we are now able to purchase four new recliner/riser  chairs, wireless headsets and other items to add to the comfort of patients in the unit and hopefully make them feel more relaxed and at home.”

Kathy Ancell, Fundraising Manager for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Blue Skies Hospitals Fund relies on the generosity of donations like these to nurture the provision of quality NHS care on the Fylde Coast.

We are very grateful to John, Pete, Carol, and all those who gave up their time to organise such a successful fundraising concert. A big thank you must also go to everyone who attended the event, and the many organisations who donated raffle prizes. Your support is hugely appreciated.”

 If you would like to raise money for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and support your local hospitals, please contact the Fundraising and Voluntary Services Office at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 01253 657904 or email 

Thanks to everyone concerned with supporting the event and helping to raise £2,500.00 

Below is a list of the items that have been purchased

Four Electronic Rise and Recliner Chairs 


Eight sets of Sennheiser Rechargeable Headsets & Two Touch Tablets

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