Prom’s long serving sound engineer Martin Moss has been fighting cancer since the shock of his diagnosis last September. Following two operations and intensive chemotherapy he is doing well, but the disease is not expected to go away with conventional methods.
There is however a treatment (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy), extensively used outside the UK, with trials here supported by the Bobby Moore Fund. Martin has been refused funding by the Bristol Primary Care Trust claiming that it is ‘experimental’. You can imagine that he has very choice words for their approach to this vital option. Not one to give up, he has however managed to arrange a self-funding option which will cost £20,000.
On hearing this, many local musicians and friends have immediately come out in force to help raise the funds in any way they can, donating gig fees, recording tracks for a CD compilation, putting on events both at The PROM and elsewhere. They are going under the banner of Mossfest.
Martin told us
‘The support I have received is amazing. I obviously expected some help from friends and family, but the amount of people who have gone out of their way to help has taken me completely by surprise. So many people’s lives have been effected by cancer, and I am in awe of how willing people have been to help with Mossfest. I am so thankful to anyone who has got involved’.
Prom bookkeeper Richard Cranswick has decided to help raise funds by going the extra mile – the extra 897 miles in fact – from John O’Groats to Lands End on a sponsored cycle ride. He will undertake the massive journey over 9 days starting on the 28th August.
‘I’ve been trying to get fit for a while, and this seemed like the obvious thing to do. It was my wife who suggested the sponsored journey – this way I can set myself a personal and gruelling goal, and raise money for a very worthy cause at the same time’.
You can sponsor Richard by visiting richardcranswick.co.uk, or pop into The Prom to pick up a sponsorship form. Check out www.theprom.co.uk for info on upcoming Mossfest benefit gigs. All support is greatly appreciated.