Musician diagnosed with cancer is overwhelmed by generosity of public

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A MUSICIAN struck down with cancer just before Christmas has been left touched and amazed at the generosity of the Petersfield community.

In only a few weeks, well-wishers have raised £3,000 to help Daffydd Tavinor, who lives in Petersfield and is a member of the Hanging Tree band.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia on December 23.

Daffydd was left facing in financial straits as he cannot work while he having chemotherapy at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

The 38-year-old’s fiancee is also expecting his first baby, a daughter, in a few weeks.

He has been told by consultants that he will miss the birth, and probably the first six months of her life, while he recovers from the treatment.

Friends decided to do something as a gesture of goodwill for the folk musician.

Hundreds of people attended a charity gig, which included a host of luxury raffle prizes, at The George pub in Petersfield.

Daffydd paid tribute to all those involved at the pub.

He said: ‘I’m overwhelmed with everything that’s happening.

‘Suddenly it went from being one man’s struggle with some grubby disease to a crusade involving hundreds of people determined to send love and money and give time.

‘You have done everything for my daughter that leukaemia will try to take away.

‘You have been generous, you have shown her the best side of the human spirit, you, the community of Petersfield, have been the best role model she will ever need.

‘When she is born in February I am now confident that she is coming into a world that I needn’t fear, that I know will show her a good example.’