A SOLIHULL woman – still fighting her own battle with breast cancer – is organising a musical fundraiser for someone who lost her life to the same disease.
On November 17, the bands of West Mercia Police and West Midlands Fire Service, along with Blackwell Concert Band, will play an evening of classical favourites, film themes, and hits from the musicals, culminating in a Last Night of the Proms finale.
TV and radio presenter, Joanne Malin, will compère the event, which aims to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Breakthrough Breast Cancer in memory of Fiona Irving, who died in October 2010, aged just 36.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009, ‘inspirational’ police chief inspector Fiona wrote a book about her experiences; How to Support a Cancer Patient went on to raise over £11,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Fiona even managed to run the London Marathon and was awarded the Inspirational Fundraising Award for ‘courage and determination’ just three weeks before her death, in October 2010.
Event organiser, Vicky Stock, from Solihull, said she wanted to organise the evening in Fiona’s memory but also had a very personal reason for helping to raise money for the fight against cancer.
Vicky, who is the secretary for Blackwell Concert Band and West Mercia Police Band, was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2009.
“I started my own cancer journey over two years ago, and made a commitment at that time to help support Macmillan as much as I could as they were just so helpful and supportive to me,” said the 33-year-old, an ambassador for the charity.
“I was shocked when I was diagnosed. But the nurses kept me feeling positive and I am now in remission.”
Tickets for the concert at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham are £10 (£8 concs) available on 0121 244 1662, 07845 897760 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.