Mike O’Neill Big Band show at Baldock’s Knights Templar School raises £1,100 for Graham Rees’ cancer treatment

Brave Graham Rees from Baldock, in whose aid the concert is being held. Photo: Courtesy of Sharon Sm

Brave Graham Rees from Baldock, in whose aid the concert is being held. Photo: Courtesy of Sharon Smith - Credit: Archant

A Baldock community big band show on Thursday night raised £1,100 to help fund a friend’s cancer treatment.

MOBB, the Mike O'Neill big band, play in aid of Graham Rees' treatment at the Knights Templar School

MOBB, the Mike O'Neill big band, play in aid of Graham Rees' treatment at the Knights Templar School hall in Baldock. - Credit: Archant

The Mike O’Neill Big Band, ‘MOBB’, played at Knights Templar School in aid of Graham Rees, from Baldock, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer two years ago.

Chemotherapy helped to shrink Graham’s tumour and he later received medication called Nivolumab, which gave him his life back, but was expensive. This fundraising drive aims to help keep the treatment going.

Band leader Mike, who taught piano and jazz at Knights Templar for more than 20 years, got involved through his connection with Graham’s sister Deb Jones – who also works at the school, and is fundraising for Graham alongside his other sister Sylvia Carley.

Mike said: “The evening drew a crowd of about 80 people, and £1,100 was raised for Graham Rees’ treatment.


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“The support from Sharo, Debbie, school performing arts technician Amelia Bullock and Dan Barnicott really contributed to the concert.

“Mark Overton and his bar crew kept everyone supplied with the necessary, and I’d also like to thank Ruby Doherty who did the door.

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“The band did themselves proud and contributed to a really good cause. Thank you to everyone who helped.”

To find out more or make a donation to Graham’s treatment, see gofundme.com/2t69ghun.

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