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10 August 2022

Musical evening to raise funds for St Michael's

Musical evening to raise funds for St Michael’s

A musician is preparing for a special gig to raise funds for the Hospice which cared for his wife.

Martin Pickering says he wants to thank St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford for the care provided to Anne, his wife of 27 years, who died last year.

To do so, his newly-formed three-piece band – called Swara – will take to the stage at Kin Kitchen in Ludlow on Thursday, 18th August.

“When Anne finally succumbed to cancer last year, I found comfort in rediscovering my love of music,” said Martin.

“Now, I am hoping to use it to say ‘thank you’ to St Michael’s Hospice who helped Anne to enjoy an additional 18 months’ quality of life.” In 2016, Anne was told she had stage 4 inoperable breast cancer. She was given just a few months to live but defied medical science by living for a further five years.  

“The care and support we both received, at St Michael’s Hospice and at home, was amazing,” added Martin. 

“The staff were kind and genuine, and nothing was too much trouble; they were truly special people.  

“Anne was given respect and dignity, and the support I received got me through my darkest times.   

“It is only when we need the services of a Hospice that we truly appreciate the vital work they do. 

“This is why it is crucial that we support their work so that it can continue and support families like my own.”

Swara features Martin on keyboards, Rob on guitar, and Harriet on vocals. 

They will be on stage from about 8.30pm. Before them though, at about 7.30pm, is Martin Thomas, a solo guitarist/singer.

The Kin Kitchen can be found at 5 Old Street in Ludlow.

There is no entry cost, but donations will be invited for St Michael’s Hospice.

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