Dersingham cancer sufferer organises benefit gig for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

David Isbell is pictured with his daughter Lauren, who is one of the acts performing at Dersingham S

David Isbell is pictured with his daughter Lauren, who is one of the acts performing at Dersingham Sports and Social Club on Sunday, April 30. Picture: Mel Isbell - Credit: Archant

A man who is being treated for cancer has organised a benefit gig to give something back to one of the hospitals which treated him.

David Isbell was in training for the Bespak Grand East Anglian Run (GEAR) last spring when he first discovered a lump under his arm.

Initially, it was thought the lump might have been a simple muscle strain from his training but he was later diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Around 11,500 people each year are diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a cancer which affects the lymphatic system.

Clear fluid called lymph flows through the lymphatic vessels and contains infection-fighting white blood cells known as lymphocytes.

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In non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the affected lymphocytes start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes.

The affected lymphocytes lose their infection-fighting properties, making sufferers more vulnerable to infection.

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Father-of-two Mr Isbell, 53, who lives in Dersingham with wife Mel, has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and is being treated in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

With the support of friends and family, Mr Isbell has put together a music event on Sunday, April 30, at Dersingham Social Club, from 2pm to 9pm, in aid of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He said: 'My treatment is going well but I have spent a lot of time at King's Lynn and I wanted to support somewhere local.

'The idea for a music event came up during a conversation with my friend Travis Graham and things have snowballed from there.

'We are hoping for a good crowd to come along and support a good cause.'

Soul singer Uche Eke will be topping the bill, which also includes Carolann and former Swaffham resident Ashley Morton, who is making a rare public appearance in West Norfolk.

Travis Graham will also be performing on the night along with Mr Isbell's second daughter Lauren Clare.

All five acts have agreed to donate their time for free for the gig.

Mr Isbell is also appealing for prizes to be raffled on the night. If you would like to donate a prize email Mr or Mrs Isbell on

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