Fundraising Media Release

Yee-haw! Country music event raises thousands for QEH

A day of country music, carvery and competitions raises £6750 for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Event organisers, George Watts and Olly Gray, split the money raised between two units very close to their hearts, after both receiving cancer treatment at the QEH.

Over 600 people attended the event at Pentney Bowls and Country Club on Sunday 1st September to raise funds for the Cancer Care and Treatment Fund and Breast Care Unit Fund at the QEH, where they enjoyed great music throughout the evening from performers such as Bob Brolly, Nashville Numbers and Merv & Maria.

Olly and George presented the cheque to QEH Medical Director, Dr Frankie Swords, Jayne Miller, Haematology Specialist Nurse and Elaine Rudd, Breast Care Specialist Nurse, moments before George had his next round of chemotherapy at the Macmillan Unit.

George said: “Donating this money means a hell of a lot. It’s been so important for us to get out there and help people living with cancer.

“I’m extremely lucky to have so many great people around me – there is no shame in having cancer, and no one should go through it alone.

“I’d also like to thank all of the musicians who performed at our fundraiser, free of charge, and the sound & lightening team at Emotive Sounds who also didn’t charge a fee. It meant so much and allowed us to raise all this money.”

Dr Frankie Swords said: “On behalf of the QEH, I’d like to thank you for your brilliant efforts organising this fundraiser for our cancer units. We are so grateful for this fantastic donation which will be put towards new equipment and further specialist staff training to improve our patient care.”

Olly, who has received treatment from the Breast Care Unit at the QEH, said: “When I found out I had breast cancer, it was horrendous. However, the care I received from the Breast Care Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was 100% – it was amazing.

“I want to do everything I can to thank them for all they have done for me and the fantastic care I received.”

The afternoon was jam packed with events such as a raffle, auction and even two head shaves!

Sid Randell, who volunteers at the hospital and close friend of George and Olly, attended the event and has been clear of cancer for over 6 months. He said: “It was such a great event with good music and even better friends.

“There was a lot of people there affected by cancer, and almost everybody who attended would have been touched by cancer in some way, perhaps through their family or friends. It is such an important cause to raise money for.”

Terry, Olly’s husband,  said: “The event went so well we are hoping to make it an annual event and hope to raise another £7,000 next year!”



Front (left to right) Olly Gray, Dr Frankie Swords (Medical Director), George Watts

Back (left to right) Elaine Rudd (Specialist Breast Care Nurse at the Breast Care Unit), Sid Randall (volunteer), Jayne Miller (Haematologist Specialist Nurse at the Macmillan Unit)

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