Music night proves a fitting tribute to Alan
Published on: 21 Dec 2016
A MUSIC event in memory of a Downend resident who died of cancer looks set to have raised more than £2,000 for charity.
Cynthia Travers-Capper organised a fundraiser after her partner Alan Yandell died of oesophageal cancer in June 2015, six months after his diagnosis.
The event, which took place at Alan's local, the Horseshoe pub, raised £1,561 for Cancer Research UK.
Earlier that day a meat auction was held in the bar by some of Alan's friends which raised an additional £240.
Another £300 is pledged in donations from people who weren't able to attend.
Cynthia, 68, said: "It was a great night and everyone got into the spirit with plenty of very generous donations. The evening got off to a good start with a singing waiter, Dylan Cheasley - an ex colleague of Alan's from BT - who sang a selection of songs as he walked around the bar. Everyone joined in and he has such a lovely voice.
"Then the band Caught on the Backfoot came on, a rock band with the lead guitarist, Tony Paynter, being another of Alan's ex workmates. Two excellent sets were played and everyone said they were the best band they'd heard in a long time!"
Auctioneer Roger Gasson then took to the podium for the prize auction, Prizes included two West End theatre tickets and four tickets to see the Strictly Come Dancing tour at the O2 in London in February donated by BT.
"All together the event was extremely successful," said Cynthia.Alan absolutely loved music and had several guitars. We thought a musical evening would be a fitting tribute."
It is believed that Alan, who was 66 when he died, may have had the condition for up to three years but because there were initially no symptoms he did not seek help until it was too late.