Diss fundraising gig in memory of Angela

Angela Whittleton who died of cancer in December 2012. A gig will be held by her daughter-in-law Car

Angela Whittleton who died of cancer in December 2012. A gig will be held by her daughter-in-law Carolyn Whittleton in aid of Cancer Research UK. - Credit: Archant

Music-lovers will turn out in force tomorrow at a special gig organised in aid of charity, in memory of a much loved mother and grandmother.

Angela Whittleton was 62 when she died of cancer in December last year and was a member of a band until she became too ill to continue.

Her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Whittleton, has now organised a gig featuring three local bands and a raffle, to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

She said she thought of Angela as a mother, and having already raised £460 for St Elizabeth Hospice with a moonlit run in Ipswich last year, hopes to be able to donate even more to charity with ticket sales from the gig.

Mrs Whittleton, 33, a PE instructor at Pulham Primary School from Palgrave, who lives with her husband Jason and their two children, said: 'It's going to be an emotional night but hopefully we'll raise a lot of money.

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'She was amazing – she was always singing and acting and would always help people, no matter who they were.

'It helps to do something proactive like this and every day gets a bit easier but it gives you something to think about and focus on. I want it to be successful and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of my friends.'

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Angela was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy was told she had the all-clear. In April 2011, however, she found a tumour behind her eye and was told the cancer had returned.

'She caught the breast cancer early which was brilliant but even then it's not always guaranteed survival,' Mrs Whittleton added. 'Everyone needs to check themselves regularly and go to the GP if they notice any tiny difference. It might be nothing but it might be something.'

The gig, featuring the Stretcher Monkeys, Jade, and Tarmac Hedgehogs, is at the Park Hotel in Diss tomorrow at 8pm.

Tickets are £5 each and can be bought from the venue. Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize should contact Carolyn at c.whittleton@btinternet.com

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