Yorkshire Rocks Cancer Fundraising Concert Planned

‘Yorkshire Rocks Cancer’ on 1 & 2 June in Millennium Square

Issued on behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Centre (contact details below) by the Leeds City Council press office

Local charity Yorkshire Cancer Centre is living up to its goal of “aiming higher fighting cancer” this summer when it stages its first ever Yorkshire Rocks Cancer 2-day music festival in Leeds.

The rock concert takes place in Millennium Square in Leeds city centre on 1 June. The four confirmed acts for the Saturday night are well known local bands, Carnabells, The Idol Dead, Marsicans and the Transmission, all of whom have given their time free of charge for the charity and are promising to pull out all the stops to create an event to remember.

Not content with simply organising a rock concert, the event organisers said: “We wanted to create an event that appealed to all ages and as the Saturday night concert is strictly aimed at anyone over the age of 14, we felt there was scope to do something that appealed to families and younger children. So, spurred on by our motto of “aiming higher” we decided to add a family fun day the following day, Sunday 2 June”.

Day two of the event will include a variety of entertainment for all age groups: kiddies’ fun fair, face painting and street entertainers and will be topped off with interactive Zumba and all day entertainment provided by a range of jazz and folk bands playing on the big central stage.

Yorkshire Rocks Cancer organisers said: “This is a fantastically exciting, not to mention ambitious project for us, but we’re confident that our loyal supporters together with a new and younger audience will help us to raise additional funds to benefit our cancer patients. If all goes to plan, we hope to make it an annual fundraising event for our ground breaking charity”.

The Yorkshire Cancer Centre, based in Bexley Wing, St James’s Hospital in Leeds, plays a leading role in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with cancer living in its catchment area of 2.6 million people.

The appeal is aiming to raise £10m to advance medical research; buy the latest generation of equipment; and provide more ‘home from home’ comforts for patients and their families.

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