Robbie Gladwell and Friends concert raises £2,000 for breast cancer unit
Fundraising gigs by Robbie Gladwell and Friends have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity over the years.
And their latest concert, held at the Quay Theatre, in Sudbury, helped to boost the funds of the My WiSH Charity, by £2,000 with the money directed to a charity close to Robbie and his wife Julie’s hearts.
For it has gone to the breast cancer unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Julie suffered from the complaint back in 2008, and over the years the couple, who live in Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, have held charity gigs at the theatre raising over £25,000 for various organisations.
But their latest gig, which ran over three nights, was specifically for My WiSH.
Robbie, 68, who plays with Steve Harley and Suzie Quatro, said: “We run the shows at the Quay Theatre and we got lots of guests to play with us with a real variety of musicians and singers from opera to rock and they all give their time for free.”
The couple are regular performers on the local circuit and have a charity gig lined up at the Case Is Altered, in Ipswich, on April 13, and are also heading off to Alicante, in Spain, to play with Paul Young.
Julie said that she wanted to help the unit at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds as many of their friends, supporters and the audiences they perform for locally use the West Suffolk.
“We started the fundraising gigs about 11 years ago as we wanted to try and give something back for the treatment that I received.
“The Quay Theatre is in Sudbury and anybody that goes there will probably be within the catchment area off the West Suffolk Hospital so we thought we would raise the money for them.”
And she had glowing praise for the work that the charity, headed up by Sue Smith, carries out at the hospital.
“When we turned up at the hospital to hand over the money to the My WiSH team they were just so grateful.
“Robbie has glaucoma and had an appointment at the hospital and when we met up with Sue she was delighted with the funds we had raised and we got on really well.
“The girls in the team are so pro-active in what they do and are fantastic and I think I just hit it off with them.
“Sue and her team are just wonderful and I just don’t think that people are aware of all the money that is raised privately for hospitals across the country.”
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured Robbie and Julie Gladwell on stage at one of their gigs.