Legendary North East folk rock band Lindisfarne have used their traditional Christmas Shows to raise vital funds and awareness for the Future Fund, which continues to support paediatric oncology research within the Wolfson Centre for Childhood Cancer Research at Newcastle University.
The Lindisfarne Christmas Shows were written into Tyneside folklore in the 1970s and have resumed their traditional place as the calendar musical event heralding the start of the festive season in Newcastle.
The 2016 shows hosted representatives from Newcastle University’s renowned clinical research team in paediatric oncology, including Professors Christine Harrison and Josef Vormoor.
Professor Harrison and Professor Vormoor took to the stage and addressed the audience at Newcastle City Hall to talk about the Future Fund, and to introduce a screening of the campaign film featuring performances from children being treated for cancer in the Great North Children’s Hospital.
Professor Harrison, Director of the Centre for Haemato-Oncology and Professor of Childhood Cancer Cytogenetics, said: “It was an amazing evening and the response from the audience was wonderful.
“I felt highly privileged to stand up on stage and personally thank Lindisfarne and the people of the North East for their generous donations to the Future Fund.
“Their support means that Newcastle can lead in childhood cancer research towards improved survival and new treatments.”
Grateful for support
Professor Josef Vormoor, Director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre at Newcastle University, leads the Future Fund campaign.
He said: “We’re grateful to Lindisfarne for the opportunity to showcase this important campaign.
“We’re fortunate to have an internationally recognised team of specialists focused on research into childhood cancer here in Newcastle.
“The kind support of our donors and patrons will help us to continue to develop targeted treatments which save more lives, and reduce the long-term side effects for childhood cancer patients.”
Patrons of the charity
Lindisfarne is founding-member Rod Clements along with long-term band members Charlie Harcourt, Steve Daggett, Paul Thompson, Ian Thomson and Dave Hull-Denholm.
The band have been patrons and supporters of the Future Fund since its launch, and 2016 marks the third successive year Lindisfarne have promoted and supported the campaign through their Christmas Shows.
Rod Clements said: “It was a great pleasure to introduce Christine and Josef to our audience. I’m sure their presence will have helped foster local pride in the Future Fund and the ground-breaking work it supports.”
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