The City of Bristol Brass Band held a memorial concert for Ian Hamlen. Ian was a member of the Band's committee. Joe, his son, still plays with the Band.
All proceeds will be going towards Cancer Research. Annette, Ian's wife, has been busy raising money towards this excellent cause. Please click the link below to donate towards Cancer Research.
"Ian was my lovely, fit and healthy husband, aged 52 who was never ill. On 13th July, 2009, he was admitted to hospital with backache and two days later was diagnosed with kidney or adrenal cancer. He was sent home to await the results of a biopsy to determine what treatment was needed. At this stage there were a few spots on his lungs. A few weeks later it was confirmed it was adrenal cancer and he would start a course of chemotherapy. However the next day he was readmitted with breathing problems and the cancer was now widespread in his lungs. He started the chemotherapy but it was too late and Ian died on 27th August, 2009. Everyone at the hospital was shocked at the speed and aggressiveness of this rare cancer. Therefore, although it is too late for Ian, as a family we would like to help support this charity to research this and any other types of this cruel and horrible disease.
"Ian was a lovely, kind and caring husband and the proudest, best dad ever to Amy and Joe. We all miss him terribly but are trying to carry on as he wants us to.
"We have a lovely home which Ian worked very hard on but he had just started on the garden when he was taken ill. With the help of friends and family we have finished our beautiful garden and held open days on the 28th and 29th August. We had beautiful weather, lots of cakes and over the 2 days 130 people came and we raised £913.01 for this charity. A week later Joe and his friend Mat ran in the Bristol Half Marathon (their first one!) and raised a further £1287.79 giving a total raised of £2200.80 for Cancer Research UK."
Please click on the following link and donate as little or as much as you can spare. Thank you.