A MUSICAL charity night is taking place in memory of a young woman who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
Kerry Harvey, 24, worked at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, and was a former University of Portsmouth student.
She was diagnosed with the cancer in April last year but after an eight-month battle died in February.
Brave Kerry campaigned tirelessly for Pancreatic Cancer Action, and fronted a controversial ad campaign with the slogan ‘I Wish I Had Breast Cancer’.
It is intended to highlight the poor survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients compared to other forms of the disease. But it led to Kerry getting death threats, because some people thought it was insensitive to women suffering breast cancer.
Her work inspired Nathalie Gunn, of King Street, Southsea, who used to work with Kerry, to organise a fundraiser.
Singer and actress Nathalie said: ‘I worked with Kerry at The Bridge Tavern pub in Old Portsmouth.
‘This was about five years ago and she was lovely.
‘I then started following her story through Facebook and was inspired by what Kerry was doing.’
Nathalie, with the blessing of Kerry, came up with the Spring into Action fundraiser, which takes place tomorrow night at The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea.
Money raised will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action.
Nathalie said: ‘I could not help but be inspired by Kerry’s bravery and contacted her straight away to ask if she would allow me to put on a benefit concert, dedicated to her.
‘Kerry herself chose the charity that I am donating all the proceeds to, and she knew or liked most of the acts that I have booked.’
The acts include Portsmouth’s 1940s trio The Three Belles, The Frank and Dean Show, Gloria Miller as Supremely Diana Ross, Jerry Williams, Burlesque from Scarlett Seductrice and Vanessa VaVoom.
There is also music from Samba Reggae Drummers – Batala Portsmouth, and magic from Stephen Simmons.
All performers have given their time for free to the event.
Tickets are still available and cost £10 each.
The evening starts at 7.30pm.
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