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Charity gig in Sarah's memory

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

  • Sarah with Straw Dogs party band at last year's event.

  • Some of the people who helped raise £1500 at last year's charity evening. Sarah is wearing the purple dress.

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A CHARITY music evening organised by a Hayle woman who died of cancer earlier this year is being kept going by her dedicated friends and family.

Sarah Dobson, 46, who spent nearly two years fighting bowel cancer, organised the first event last September during a brief period of remission.

Together with friends Hannah Phillips, from Crowan School, and Nick Annear, drummer for Straw Dogs party band, she raised £1,500 for Cancer Research UK, Macmillan and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Hannah and Nick, with the help of Sarah's husband Simon, are set to hold the second evening at Camborne Rugby Club this Saturday evening with music from Straw Dogs, Proper Job singers and local comedian Kernow King, who Sarah formed a good friendship with during her illness.

Simon said: "It was Sarah's wish that further charity events would be held.

"She spent her final weeks in St Julia's Hospice at Hayle, which is almost entirely charity funded. Sarah and us as her family received such loving care and support from the staff and volunteers there."

The money raised at Saturday's event will go to Cornwall Hospice Care, which runs St Julia's Hospice as well as Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.

Sarah's son Thomas, who missed the event last year as he was away at university, will also be on hand to help out.

Hundreds of pasties have been supplied free by Cornish Oven Bakery and the rugby club has donated its function room.

There will also be a charity auction and a large raffle. Simon added: "Many, many west Cornwall businesses have supported the event by donating prizes. For example, from Hayle alone a total of 28 local businesses have donated or pledged prizes. I think this really shows a fantastically generous local spirit – especially in these difficult financial times."

The prizes range from holidays at local holiday parks, and attraction tickets to cinema tickets and bottles of wine.

The event is open to anyone over 16, tickets are available for £6 from Crowan School, where Sarah worked, Camborne Rugby Club, Lily The Pink Shop, Helston, Deli On The Square at Praze and Morwenna Gifts at Hayle.

For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/437246396316804.

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