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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria charity champion Kelvin’s quest

A cancer fundraiser will climb, hike, run and sing his way to his next fundraising total.

Kelvin Wood has already raised £13,000 in memory of his dad Lance, who died of cancer.

He has successfully organised the annual LW Rock 4 Macmillan concerts but, as this coming year will be the fifth anniversary of his father’s death, Kelvin has decided to go one step further.

To make it a real challenge, the 41-year-old musician, of Scaleby, near Carlisle, thought it would be better to let other people decide exactly what he should do.

Via the Rock 4 Macmillan Facebook page he asked people to put forward suggestions – with the winning challenges having now been drawn.

They are: to climb the Three Peaks in 24 hours; run the Cumbrian Run; sky dive; write a song and perform it at this year’s concert; and perform a song with five previous acts at their own gigs – including one now working in China.

Kelvin, who works at Pioneer in Carlisle, said: “There were about 16 suggestions in the hat and I’d read them all so I knew the possibilities.

“In my head I had a group of death – and sky dive was in there.

“I’m not looking forward to that one, but I’ll do it.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Cumbrian Run so this will finally give me the incentive. A lad at work has already offered to do it with me and another has offered to do the Three Peaks – though nobody has offered to sky dive yet!”

The other two may not be physical challenges but he has never written his own songs before, while the performances have potential to prove a logistical nightmare.

But Kelvin is optimistic and looking forward to the year ahead. “The idea was that the fifth anniversary is coming up so everything is geared to the number five – five years since losing my dad, the fifth concert, tickets going on sale on January 5. I decided to do five challenges as part of it.

“The sky dive scares me but that’s all part of it. I wanted to put myself on a par with the fear factor that people who have got cancer have to go through every day, through no choice of their own. I wanted to push myself into that zone,” he explained.

He said that organising the concerts are a big part of his life now and doing it helps him feel closer to his dad.

At the same time he has raised £13,000 to date for Macmillan and hopes this coming year will be the best yet. The 2014 concert will take place on September 13 at the Shepherd’s Inn, Rosehill, Carlisle.

He’s already sold out of VIP tables but regular tickets go on sale on January 5.

The acts performing this year are headliner Mick Miller, from the Original Comedians, Tom Hingley, formerly of the Inspiral Carpets, Big D, Kenickie, Broken English, Grafter and Frankie B.

The event will be hosted by ITV Border’s Ryan Dollard.

Tickets, priced £20, will be available from Kelvin direct on 07854 501129 or Garry Phillips on 016977 48227.

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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