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Organisers of a rock music evening at St Mary’s Church, in Nottingham’s Lace Market, have thanked the 700 in the audience for donating £7,500 for their chosen charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The event, which was organised by, and featured entertainment from members of the medical and surgical staff at Nottingham University Hospital, was supported by Castle Rock Brewery. Casks of Hemlock Bitter were donated for the evening alongside other bottled beers and soft drinks.

(l-r) QMC orthopaedic staff, Tony Westbrook, Ben Gooding, and Leena Melini with Castle Rock's Charlie Blomeley set up the bar in St Mary's.

“The daughters of two of our colleagues died of cancer in 2008. They were only 16,” says Tony Westbrook, an orthopaedic surgeon and one of the organisers. “Helping this very worthwhile charity is our way of remembering them and doing something for future cancer patients.”

Tony thanked the brewery for its support – adding that the Hemlock went in under 90 minutes, “A testament to the quality of the product!”, he said.

If you’d like to make a donation, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TandOKilimanjaro
and learn more about the medics’ fundraising activities and their aim to fund the development of teenage cancer care in the East Midlands. Their plans include a 5 bedded ward at QMC.