Cancer fundraiser at Grassic Gibbon Centre cancer sufferer

A GROUP of local music fans has rallied round to help fund treatment for a friend who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Dawn Wilson, who now lives in Leeds, was diagnosed just before Christmas and her friends have banded together to organise a mini festival this weekend at the Grassic Gibbon Centre at Arbuthnott featuring live music and a variety of workshop sessions.

Mel Grant, one of the organisers, said the event has been put together in just two weeks after the idea arose during a conversation between some of Dawn’s friends.

She said: “She has a lot of friends in this area and a few of us were speaking one evening about how we could help her and we thought this would be a good idea for a fund-raiser.

‘‘We’ve very quickly managed to pull together performers from Montrose and Stonehaven and other areas, some to perform and others to take workshops.

“We don’t have a target figure in mind, we just want to raise as much as we can. It’s open to any age group and we’re hoping to attract families along during the day. In the evenings there will be music that we’re also hoping will have a wide appeal.”

Friday evening’s programme, starting at 7pm, includes live music, fire performances, a bonfire and belly dancing; on Saturday from 3pm there will be axe carving workshops, introduction to bagpipes, live spray painting demonstrations, face painting, circus skills, street dance, dream catcher workshops and children’s activities with hot food and drinks in the cafe.

From 7pm on Saturday there will be a MidSummer Night’s Dream fancy dress party including live acoustic performances and local bands.

On Sunday there will be workshops between 10am and 3pm including spray painting, African dance, drumming, axe carving, laughter, yoga and meditation as well as a silent auction.

Entry will cost £10 for Friday; £15 for Saturday during the day or £25 for a family; £10 for Saturday evening and £15 for Sunday.