Musical fundraiser for Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal and Cancer Research at John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

The Kettle Girls, Jenny May, Heather Bexon and Ilona Stretch. Picture: THE KETTLE GIRLS

The Kettle Girls, Jenny May, Heather Bexon and Ilona Stretch. Picture: THE KETTLE GIRLS - Credit: Archant

Suffolk trio The Kettle Girls are performing a show in aid of The Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal and Cancer Research.

It’s a cause close to the singers’ hearts, with one member diagnosed with breast cancer last year and a close relative of another diagnosed a few weeks later.

The a cappella group’s Jenny May said: “All the staff I met while receiving care at Ipswich Hospital were wonderful and I can’t thank them enough. Receiving a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 35, seemingly out of nowhere, was hugely frightening.

“Although nothing will make the treatment and side effects from it easy, I always felt cared for, listened to and given a positive plan of action. I hope our Loving Life event will not only show our appreciation for all cancer professionals, but will also give a positive message that you can still live and love life during and after a cancer diagnosis.”

The Blossom Appeal aims to build a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital where all patients can receive state-of-the-art care under one roof.

The April 28 fundraiser, at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre, starts at 8pm and features a mix of styles including jazz, folk, comedy and original songs. The trio, which also includes Heather Bexon and Ilona Stretch, will be joined by Bex and Freda.

There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by the Regal theatre, Paul Wright and Co, Harts Homebrew and Crafts, G Tydeman Jewellers, Molls and Dolls and Roots and Shoots Garden Centre. Proceeds will also go to both charities.

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