Hats off to fans of legendary North East band Lindisfarne who are swapping their festive headwear for the charity feel-good-factor this Christmas.
Paper party hats usually paraded at the popular Lindisfarne Christmas shows at Newcastle City Hall will this year be exchanged for a donation to the Future Fund campaign to establish a £5.5m children’s cancer research facility at Newcastle University.
The idea came to band member Ray Jackson who is a patron of the campaign, as a practical way of supporting the fundraising effort and spreading the word of its aim to develop more effective and less harmful treatments for children with cancer.
Ray said: “The Future Fund for Children with Cancer is a cause the band passionately supports and we are sure our fans will approve of our decision to donate £1,000 in lieu of party hats this Christmas.
“Some remarkable advances have already been made thanks to work carried out at Newcastle University’s Northern Institute for Cancer Research, and funds raised by this campaign will ensure that more children benefit from this wonderful research.”
The Future Fund is a partnership between Newcastle University, the region’s Great North Children’s Hospital and the North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) charity.
Their joint vision to create the Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer will focus on developing therapies with fewer side effects and treatments for children with advanced cancer or for those whose cancer has come back.
Prof Josef Vormoor, director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University and honorary consultant paediatric oncologist at the Great North Children's Hospital, said: “This kind donation to the Future Fund is yet another example of the overwhelming support we have received since we launched the campaign in June this year.
“Already we have reached £1.9m thanks to the support of our friends and supporters and with their help we will be able to ensure more children with cancer have a future they can look forward to.”
As well as their kind donation of £1,000 to the campaign, Lindisfarne have offered the Future Fund three pairs of tickets to their Christmas show on December 20. Visit the Future Fund’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/futurefundnewcastle to enter.
Lindisfarne revived their legendary Christmas Show last year to help save Newcastle City Hall from closure. This year three dates have been announced due to popular demand – December 20, 22 and 23 – and tickets for the first show are available from www.newcastlecityhall.org
For information on the Future Fund campaign visit www.futurefund.co.uk . To donate visit www.justgiving.com/futurefundnewcastle , text NCFF01 plus the amount of your donation to 70070 or telephone 0191 208 7250. Support the fund on Facebook www.facebook.com/futurefundnewcastle and on Twitter @FutureFundNCL and use the hashtag #NCLFF