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Maximo Park and Mystery Jets to play charity London show (2008)

Maximo Park

Story by Jack Foley

MAXIMO Park, Mystery Jets, Blood Red Shoes and Pete And The Pirates are to play a special show at The Forum, in Kentish Town, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in aid of The Royal Marsden Hospital and the No Surrender Charitable Trust.

Tickets are priced at £20 and go on sale from 9am on April 9, 1008.

The show has been put together by Maxïmo Park after a good friend of theirs, Jason Boas, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, at the age of 33, and was given six to 12 months to live. It’s also in memory of Claudia Anselmetti, who tragically died of cancer three years ago.

Paul Smith, of Maxïmo Park, explains: “When someone you know is up against cancer it makes sense to give them your full support. Since that is currently the case, and that person is being treated at The Royal Marsden hospital, which was recently damaged by fire, we decided to do what we can as a band.

“What we do best is play concerts and we intend to give all profit from our gig at The Forum to help rebuild the cancer unit where they not only look after sufferers but continue to further our knowledge and treatment of the disease. We’ve never been a preachy band or asked people to shell out daft amounts for tickets, but this show will be well worth the entry fee for a number of reasons.”

All proceeds from the gig will go to The Royal Marsden Hospital and the No Surrender Charitable Trust.

The Royal Marsden Hospital was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of cancer.

Today, the hospital with its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research, forms the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with over 40,000 patients from the UK and abroad seen each year. It provides inpatient, day care and outpatient services for all areas of cancer treatment.

The No Surrender Trust funds care and support for young adults and their families who have suffered from a life threatening disease such as Cancer. It hopes to raise funds to help provide a network of support for these brave individuals where they can be in contact with each other, and share stories and emotions that only they can really understand, as they are the only people who have lived them.

Such a network would help provide inspiration and belief to these people, and help overcome the emotional distress and upheaval that a disease such as Cancer can achieve.