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Dad’s memory lives on through music in huge hit fundraiser

A tribute gig in memory of a Paulton musician has raised more than £3,200 for the new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Father-of-two Steve Nowell lost his long fight against a rare form of cancer in March this year.

The gig brought together three bands including his own band D Cups, where he played lead guitar, for the fundraiser.

Tickets sold out with more than 250 people turning up to the support the bands.

There were two donations of £500 each from businessmen Simon Roper and John Ford along with the ticket sales.

The proceeds from the night have helped swell Steve’s fund to more than £7,072.

Other money has come through donations from the funeral and from his widow, Ellie, and her efforts in the Bristol 10k with two friends just nine weeks after Steve died.

Ellie hopes the band night will become an annual event raising money for the Bath Cancer Centre.

She said: “Steve would really have enjoyed the night, music being such a passion of his and Timsbury being his home ground.

“We would really like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event, making it such a resounding success.

“It’s a testament to how well loved Steve was and how kind people are. We are deeply touched by everyone’s support.”

Steve, who lived in Paulton, was given the news he had adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2007. Only 30 people a year are diagnosed with the illness.

Ellie now has a new target to meet having been told by Jan Witt, the in memory and legacy officer at the Forever Friends Appeal, that if she manages to break the £10,000 barrier over the next couple of years then the support will be recognised through Steve’s fund by featuring his name on a facility, a room or a large piece of equipment.

Jan Witt has already paid tribute to the efforts by Ellie and Steve’s friends.

She said: “With such incredible support to date for Steve’s fund we will be able to significantly improve our cancer services for the hundreds of patients and their families who walk through our doors each and every day.

“Our pioneering cancer centre will be a state-of-the-art building, taking a holistic approach that is designed to produce a highly beneficial healing environment.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/Ellie-Nowell1/

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