On January 13th, world-famous 70s rock band, Dr Feelgood will perform a special gig at the Palace Theatre to raise money to improve cancer services at Southend Hospital.
The concert will support the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal, a major charitable appeal which aims to raise £600,000 to buy four state-of-the-art Surface Guided Radiation Therapy systems (SGRT) to cut treatment times and dramatically improve the quality of treatment for patients needing radiotherapy treatment at Southend Hospital. At the beginning of this month the appeal celebrated a significant milestone – surpassing the halfway mark to raise over £325,000!
Cancer care is a cause that’s close to the band’s heart. Kevin Morris, drummer for Dr Feelgood, said: “We lost two founding members of Dr Feelgood to cancer, and my youngest son, Joe, sadly died of the disease four years ago. They all received the finest of care and treatment through our excellent NHS, and we are really pleased to help contribute to this excellent appeal.”
The concert is the idea of Dr Eric Watts, who is himself a cancer survivor. Eric, a long-time fan of Dr Feelgood contacted the band about doing a charity concert. He said: “they are a fantastic high-energy act. Given all the touring they do I think it is marvellous that they are so generous in adding this extra concert to their busy schedule. I can’t thank them enough.”
Tickets for the gig are selling fast, to purchase yours, visit: www.trafalgartickets.com
Emma Wynne-Morgan, Chair of Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation said: “The Dr Feelgood concert looks set to be a fantastic night of live music. On behalf of both the foundation and Southend Hospital we thank the band and Dr Eric Watts for supporting the Spotlight appeal. With such strong community support we are confident that we will be in a place to introduce cutting-edge radiotherapy technology to Southend Hospital by 2025.”
For more about the Spotlight Appeal and other ways you can support, visit www.spotlightappeal.org