TONY Wright and Embrace’s Mickey Dale are creating personalised items for a cancer charity auction taking place at a Bradford music festival this month.

The auction, at the Shuttle Shuffle Festival, was inspired by the wife of festival organiser Tim Wilson, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

“Two days before Valentine’s Day we were delivered a blow so loud that the silence that followed it was deafening. On that day when I heard the nurse say: ‘Marie’s been diagnosed with cancer’ our life hasn’t been the same,” said Tim.

“Since her diagnosis Marie has had major surgery to remove the tumours then we’ve lived in three-week cycles, as she began chemotherapy treatment. Her six sessions have now been completed and we now move into the third stage of her treatment, radiotherapy.”

Tim and Marie, who was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, decided to raise funds for Cancer Support Yorkshire - and festival performers, including Tony Wright from Terrorvision, author and artist Joolz Denby, Mickey Dale from Embrace, Nigel Clark from Dodgy and Mark Whiteside of One-Sided Horse, jumped at the opportunity to help.

They are each creating a personal item to offer for an auction for Cancer Support Yorkshire which will take place during the festival on Saturday, August 17.

“We both wanted to give back as much as possible to the organisations that have been so incredibly supportive to us,” said Tim. “We asked friends, family and performers at this year’s Shuttle Shuffle to create or donate a piece of art. It could be handwritten lyrics or a print, we’ve left it up to them. It gives people something special and personal to bid for.

“For over 30 years, Cancer Support Yorkshire has been offering practical and emotional support to people affected by a cancer diagnosis when they most need help. They help with everything from transport to finances, and offer counselling, complementary therapies and groups. They’re there for everyone affected by cancer and that’s why we want to help them.”

The Shuttle Shuffle Festival takes place in Little Germany on August 17 and 18, featuring local and international acts.

There will be gigs in venues including SORM (School of Rock and Media), Bradford Playhouse, The Merchant Bar and Bradford Cathedral. The line-up also includes DJ Rory Hoy, Everyday People, Velvela, The Brookes, Purple Thread, Dalmas, Shane Pain and Zimbabwe band Jesa, and there will be workshops and open mic events.

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