Charity gig hopes to break £20k barrier

Breast cancer survivor Christine Bullock (right) with daughter Katie at a Haigh Hall Race for Life two years ago
Breast cancer survivor Christine Bullock (right) with daughter Katie at a Haigh Hall Race for Life two years ago

A WIGAN gran’s on-going thank you mission for the medics who saved her from breast cancer reaches an important landmark next month.

For the ninth year running, St Jude’s Social Club in Worsley Mesnes will host a concert aimed at boosting Mr Harland’s Wigan Infirmary ABC fund.

Run by pals Christine Bullock and Susan Green, it should easily take the running total for breast cancer treatment raised by the annual event past the £20,000 mark.

Both women have survived the disease and got together back in 2004 to organise the first show.

Christine, a 59-year-old Wigan Infirmary PA from Abram, was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and successfully treated at both her own hospital and The Christie, mainly with radiotherapy.

She has been involved in all manner of charity events since, including the Race For Life, for a number of different causes. But Richard Harland’s ABC fund holds a special place.

Christine said: “It was Christmas 2003 when my friend Susan, who had also had breast cancer and her husband Malcolm was in a group going round the clubs, suggested we should organise some concerts for charity.

“Although big organisations like Cancer Research and The Christie do fantastic work and we have done stuff for them too, they do get a lot of support and so we wanted to help something more local.

“And so the concerts have been for Dr Harland’s fund ever since and have become very popular. Everyone has a lot of fun and in the process have now raised only £200 short of £20,000.

“Generally we raise between £1,700 to £2,500 although once we got £3,500 - it usually depends on raffle and auction prizes - so this time round we are expecting to break through that big barrier.”

Shevington-based 61-year-old Susan has again enlisted her husband’s services. Malcolm, formerly of the bands The Shyms and Tin Foils has now a new band comprising former colleagues called Junction 27 who are performing in the show.

DJ Steve Gore is compere for the evening which also features the singing talents of Newtown Working Men’s Club compere Don Murphy.

The concert begins at 7.30pm on Friday March 9 at the Poolstock Lane club. Admission is £5 and tickets are available either from the club on 01942 241401 or Christine on 07411 463863.