Brass band raises funds after Hailsham member given life-saving transplant

Brass band perform to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust
Brass band perform to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust

Wealden Brass Band performed at the Kings Head in Horsebridge on Sunday (October 12) in aid of a charity which helped one of its members find a bone marrow donor for a life saving transplant.

Trombonist Andrew Ward, 49, from Hailsham, was diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell lymphoma, a non-Hodgkins blood cancer in October 2012.

He was put on a gruelling course of chemotherapy but when that failed, was told he needed a bone marrow transplant.

Charity the Anthony Nolan Trust, which has a register of donors, helped to find a match and Andrew is now in recovery.

To raise funds for the trust, Wealden Brass Band performed a selection of well known pieces, while people ate their lunch.

The concert was open to everyone and charity pots were put out.

Andrew’s wife, Claire, said: “The event was a success and future events at the Kings Head are in the pipeline.

“A huge thank you goes to all staff at the Kings Head and Wealden Brass Band for making this an enjoyable event and giving their services free.”