Marathon melody challenge for music teacher

Mike Concah, is planning to play in a music marathon for the Safe Hands Appeal by playing his keyboard for a sustained period of time

Mike Concah, is planning to play in a music marathon for the Safe Hands Appeal by playing his keyboard for a sustained period of time

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A BIG-HEARTED teacher is preparing for a music-playing marathon to raise cash for our Safe Hands Appeal.

Mike Concah has vowed to play the piano for more than eight hours at Symphony Music, in Market Street, Wigan, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The music teacher will perform in store from 10am to 6pm on Friday, (March 18).

Mike said: “I’ll be playing all day in the middle of the shop so I’ll need plenty of cups of tea to keep me going.

“Marie Curie is a fantastic cause, which helps so many people suffering with cancer or terminal illness.”

The Leigh Reporter’s Safe Hands appeal is aiming to raise £86,000 – the amount needed to cover the cost of enough Marie Curie nurses to provide free care for terminally ill patients across the borough for the next 12 months.

Currently the charity is not raising enough funds to cover its service, which gives cancer sufferers throughout the area the chance to spend their final days at home surrounded by loved ones.

Most of us have been touched by cancer at some time, so we need the help of everyone in Wigan to make sure we reach our target.

Mike has already been fund-raising for Marie Curie after shaving his hair off earlier this year in return for donations.

This month has seen the launch of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal, where donations can be made to the charity in return for a daffodil pin.

Holly Smith, Marie Curie’s community fund-raiser for Leigh, said: “Every donation for a daffodil will help us to provide more free nursing care hours.

“This allows more people to spend their final days in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by family and friends.”

Anyone wanting to make a donation should send cheques made payable to Marie Curie Cancer Care to Holly Smith, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Wigan Safe Hands Appeal, 1 Jones Court, Jones Square, Stockport, SK1 4LJ.

Are you planning to raise some money for the Safe Hands appeal? To let us know of any fund-raising events you are staging for Marie Curie, contact David Mercer on 01942 506261 or email david.mercer@lancspublications.co.uk.

To find out more about the Marie Curie charity and how to organise an event, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/appeal or call 0161 255 2809 or 07515 135 423.