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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Concert fundraiser for Cumbrian mum's bucket list

A tribute band will host a charity concert to raise money for a west Cumbrian girl and her “bucket list”.

Bucket list girl photo
Mel Smye and Kate

Mel Smye, who has battled breast cancer for the past five years, was recently hit with the devastating news that it had spread to her spine.

This prompted her 11-year-old daughter Kate, from Lowca, to make a “bucket list” of dreams that she wants to fulfil with her mum and 15-year-old brother.

Mel, who works at Center Parcs in Penrith, said the family had been overwhelmed by the public response since Kate launched her appeal on Facebook.

The latest volunteers are Five and Dangerous, who have announced they will play the special concert in The Paul Jones pub, Whitehaven, next Thursday (June 20).

Bob Cullen, from the band, said: “My heart truly goes out to Mel and her family and the lads didn't think twice when I mentioned we should do something for her.”

There will be an entry fee, with all proceeds going towards Kate’s bucket list fund.

Entitled One Night Only, the concert will see the Thin Lizzy tribute act perform the entire classic album Live and Dangerous in the correct order.

Original bass player Dave Polkey – who founded the band – has even agreed to play on the night.

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