Night of music will help others like Matthew

The Roosters in action and (inset) five-year-old Matthew Lindsay

The Roosters in action and (inset) five-year-old Matthew Lindsay

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A family have turned to their love of music as they try to raise money to help fund a special event for cancer survivors.

Showing true community spirit, Jason Lindsay and his partner Sharon Cowan, from Fareham, will host the Bridgemary charity gig night at Gosport’s White Horse pub next month.

Five-year-old Matthew Lindsay

Five-year-old Matthew Lindsay

On the night Jason will perform in a special charity night band and his brother will join him on stage in his band Snatch Rescue, with support from local group The Roosters.

A raffle will be drawn and a selection of food will be sold with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life.

The aim is to raise £1,800 to donate to the charity.

The night was inspired by Jason’s son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma two years ago. Now aged five, Matthew is in remission but his family want to help others whose lives are affected by cancer.

Donations from the event will go to support the Relay For Life charity race, which will take place in July at the Mountbatten Sports Centre in Portsmouth.

The fund-raising relay event is a chance to celebrate the lives of people touched by cancer, with an estimated total of 47 groups expected to take part.

Sharon said: ‘The local charity and organisers of the race have been very supportive to Matthew over the past year.

‘All those at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham were absolutely fantastic at helping Matthew in between his treatments. So were the community nurses who visited him at home.

‘This is our way of giving something back for the help we received.’

Supporting Matthew’s cause in the relay will be two groups of 12 close friends and family who have named their teams Matthew’s Mates and Col’s Crew.

Both groups will take it in turns to walk continuously around the Mountbatten athletics track for 24 hours.

Earlier this year the family also held car boot sales and coffee mornings to help bring the community together and raise extra funds for charity.

But the music night will be their first time organising and hosting anything on this scale. Sharon says everyone she knows is very excited about the event. If it’s successful, they’re planning to stage another one later this year.

The Bridgemary charity night starts at 7pm on Saturday June 11, and tickets can be bought from charitygignight.webs.com, or The White Horse. To sponsor Matthew’s relay teams, go to donatetomyrelay.org/matthewsmatesandcolscrew.

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