It was the the first time that this Brian was going to be meeting a Bryan, and I was late! When you use Brighton’s Park & Ride it does, quite literally, go round the houses. All the houses. But luckily Bryan is a patient man and had waited for me.
I was meeting Bryan Leitch from Cancer Bonus Tour to learn more about his latest fundraising adventure. Bryan has spent 30 years working in live music production, and has operated in 332 venues throughout the UK, located in 105 different towns and cities ranging from Inverness to Truro. In his career he’s supported the likes of UB40, The Killers, Elbow to name but a few. Now, to raise funds for Bloodwise and Sussex Cancer Fund, Bryan and his wife Tracey are touring again - visiting every one of these 332 venues but this time in a 1963 Vauxhall Victor, appropriately named Victor. He will be meeting up with some of the wonderful artists and touring personnel he’s worked with along the way - spending his time raising money.
Bryan told me: ‘In 2009 I was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the following year had a successful bone marrow transplant. I have been very lucky over the past seven years and it is thanks to cancer research and the efforts of the NHS medical staff that I am alive today.
In addition to raising money for research and cancer care, I want to promote a positive message about public health care in this country and cancer survival. Bad stories about the NHS get a lot of publicity and the good ones rarely get heard.’
From Me to You are very proud that our logo has pride of place on Victor’s boot so will be touring with Bryan, raising awareness for our cause.
If you would like to know more about the Cancer Bonus Tour when it comes to a venue near you and how you can support this unique initiative, take a look at their website:
On 22nd April, we’ll be joining Victor, Tracey and Bryan at Incarnation, a car rally in Brighton, to promote From Me to You while at the same time supporting Cancer Bonus Tour. If you’re in Brighton please come along, say hello and meet Victor.