News – CANCER ON THE ROCKS festival postponed to July

I am sad to say that due to some unforeseen technical issues we have had to postpone Cancer On The Rocks 2019 and move it to July 6th and 7th.

On the plus side it gives us time to implement some changes we wanted to put into this one that were not possible at the time to ensure it is a weekend that you will not forget.

All purchased tickets will be valid for the new event or if you prefer a refund please let me know by email on rick@cancerontherocks.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you in July and rockin your world

COTR Team Jan 31st

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News – CANCER ON THE ROCKS FESTIVAL 2019

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You can find out more, including ticket details, here

Oragniser Rick Palin explains more abiut this fundraiser –

I am Rick Palin the MD of Skyfire Promotions Ltd. A company that specialises in promoting new music from up and coming bands through our subsidiaries, Skyfire Interactive, Skyfire Records, Firebrand Radio and Frame Music.
In January 2017 my father went down ill of what we thought was just a bug and over the next 8 months I watched his health decline as he slowly died from Lung and Spinal Cancer. I have to admit it was the hardest time in my life watching him decline day by day and knowing there was nothing I could do to help him.
That is when it hit me. You see these days Cancer is that heavily a used word we treat is as the norm and it is not until you see the devastating effects this horrible disease has on people affected and their loved ones that you truly begin to understand the gravity of this situation.
How did I get through this? honestly, I don’t know but when the time came and I had to hospitalise him my dad was not doing well and I was a complete wreck and it was at that point that my sanity was restored and my dad was made comfortable by the brave men and women of Macmillan.
What these good people do on a day to day basis dealing with death, helping families grieve, helping families deal with the pressure, stress, strain of feeling absolutely useless in the grips of this life taking illness How they cope with looking after so many people I will never understand they are truly remarkable people.
I thought after my Father died of writing them a cheque for a few hundred quid and to be honest that was not enough but I also tried to focus on remembering my dad for who he was and that’s when the idea for Cancer On The Rocks was born.
Our first year we raised £2,500.00 for Macmillan, This year I intend to beat that!
It’s early in the day I know but I want to make a very big point of saying thank you to the musicians, our sponsors, our teams of people, and our hosts for making this an actual reality. To show the love and support for this event that you guys do is phenomenal.

August training update Eaking half marathon

A quick update…with just under seven weeks until race day the training is steady as they say. Still now it’s the summer holidays my daughter is on the case and cycling along to keep me running further 🙂

My work colleague will also be happy as Macmillan Cancer Support provide up to six iron on letters for your running top and there could only be one choice…Sparky! Good as well as keeps my Stoke City theme going which I manage to sneak in most races I do. Once I have received the top and fathomed out how an iron works I shall post a picture.

The charity I am running for on the 28th September is Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses (along with their help line) do sterling work helping those with cancer and supporting their family and friends:

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing20142/

PS there is also Centrepoint who I ran the Dorney Dash 10K for. They are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Dorney Dash completed…in under an hour :)

Despite my best attempts to injure myself the night before the race by dropping a fridge magnet on one of my toes, I lined up at the start of the Dorney Dash 10K on a very hot morning. The course is a lap and a half of the impressive Dorney boating lake, used in the 2012 Olympics and owned by Eton College.

It is a flat course but on a sunny day like the race day there is little shade and it was tough going. Despite this (and I think spurred on by the fact I was keen to be reunited with my children and shade at the finish line) I beat the one hour mark with a chip time of 59 minutes 40m seconds, the first time in over ten years!

I would highly recommend this as a 10K race for either a PB or for a first time/beginner as it is flat, lovely surroundings and extremely well organised.

I ran this race for the Centrepoint charity and next up is the Ealing half marathon when I will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support

Why do I fundraise?

A question I have been asked a few times down the years (I’ve done at least one charity event every year since 1985) and the main reasons are the charities are personal or ones that support/help young people, like this year’s one the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Plus I love helping others as much as that sounds like a Miss World reply!

It is always hard coming up with a novel idea for fundraising be it Forty Nights for my fortieth birthday where I held a charity gig at Brentford FC and got a whole host of bands to plug it at their gigs or webpages. The Shirt Of Hurt (kindly borrowed of Sports Relief/Danny Baker) back in 2010 saw me complete the Staines 10K in a P*** V*** top – I still have nightmares about it 😉 Still it raised over £550 for the Macular Disease Society.

In fact running is a good way to raise funds as I did a 10K back in 2007 and rasied over £1,000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. I have even run between WHS Travel stores (train & underground stations) in central London in the late 90’s. A more leisrely fundraiser was last year’s All Booked Up where myself and my daughter (who has done some sterling fundraising herself and made me one proud dad) did a year long sponsored read for Surrey Young Carers.

So times are hard but try & help where you can, as the real stars are those who donate their money or signed goodies for charity auctions and spread the word as fundraising is no good if no-one knows you are doing it or supports it.

Top 10 highest bidded items (to date) 

(Final selling price listed at the end of each item)

1  Rebus (Ian Rankin) malt whisky (for Beating Bowel Cancer)       £1,319.00

2  Signed Red Dwarf script (for the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust)  £857.77

3 Guitar lesson and lunch with John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost) (for CLAPA) £370

4  Signed Pendragon ‘Passion’ CD/DVD (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK)  £105.00

5  Signed Harry James (Thunder/Magnum) drumsticks (for Donna Louise Trust) £103.00

6  Vinny Burns guitar lesson (for the Macular Disease Society) £62.00

7  Signed Eden’s Curse goody bag (for Parkinson’s UK)  £54.01

8 John Sinclair’s tour jacket from his days in Ozzy Osbourne’s band (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK) £46.45

9 Signed FM CD (for the Macular Disease Society)  £41.00

10  Signed Rodney Matthews ‘Sleepwalking’ poster (for Parkinson’s UK)  £35.27

Total  = £2,973.50

Dorney Dash again this year :)

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.