A Lynn pub will host a special fundraiser this Sunday featuring 10 local bands who are raising money to support the work of a West Norfolk-based children’s cancer charity.
The Maid’s Head will be hosting the charity event which has been organised by Twisted Melon Promotions and will be raising money for Families Against Neuroblastoma.
Heading the line-up will be a selection of local bands including joint Battle of the Bands winners The Brink and Whole Lotta Hair, fresh from their performances at Festival Too.
They will be joined by Jessie’s Ghost, From the Sticks, Movements, Only Young, The Remnance, Funky Little Folk and Soham De.
Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “It’s the best lineup we could get together – three acts from this year’s Festival Too. It’s fantastic with a really diverse mix to suit all tastes.
“A friend of mine works for the charity and cancer’s a bad enough thing, when children are involved it’s about as bad as it can get. We wanted to do something and it started off small but so many people were interested we though why not make it an all-day thing?
“Hopefully, we will make this an annual event.”
The fundraiser has been organised to help raise funds for Hunstanton-based charity, Families Against Neuroblastoma, which is a children’s cancer charity that has been founded by ordinary families who have been affected by childhood cancer.
A spokesman for the charity said: “As a charity we are the first port of call for anyone receiving the devastating news that their child or loved one has neuroblastoma.”
Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of childhood cancer, and is the most common cancer diagnosed in infancy. It affects the nervous system and can spread to almost all other parts of the body including the bones and bone marrow, and brain.
A spokesman added: “As a charity we support over 200 children and their families through every stage of their journey, we fundraise for potentially lifesaving treatments that may not be available on the NHS, these treatments can cost upwards of £500,000 per child.
“We fund research into neuroblastoma to help find a cure for this monster, but we also believe life is for living and we provide treats and wishes, holidays and days out once a month for all of our children and families, including those who have been bereaved.”
The charity has three holiday homes in Hunstanton which can be used free-of-charge by any families affected by neuroblastoma and often spending money and emotional support is provided too.
The spokesman said: “We believe that together we are stronger and we strive to raise awareness as well as provide much-needed funds so that sufferers get access to the best treatment available where ever in the world that may be, and we also provide an on-going support network for all of our families.
“We need the help of the people of Lynn and the surrounding areas to get involved in helping us to raise the money needed to try to save the lives of children with neuroblastoma whilst making better the terrible journey childhood cancer takes them on.”
Supporters can help by attending Sunday’s event, which starts at 2pm and continues until 11pm, entry is free and all ages are welcome.
A paintballing day will be one of the prizes up for grabs in the raffle.