29 Oct 2017

Memorial Concert Raises over £2,000 For TASC In Recognition Of Care

A memorial concert held in honour of a woman who lost her fight against lung cancer has raised more than £2,000 in aid of TASC, The Ambulance Staff Charity.
The Sandra Memorial Charity Gig took place at Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club on September 16 in memory of Sandra King who sadly passed away in May this year.

The tribute concert, which was organised by Sandra’s husband Graham, was performed by local band The Discords in which the couple’s son Blair plays on drums. All proceeds from the concert were handed to TASC in recognition of the care which Sandra, aged 59, received from the ambulance service during her ill health.

Graham, 63, from Maidenhead, who like Sandra, is a pharmacist, said: “The concert was brilliant and we were delighted to have raised over £2,000, which is a really good figure. Lots of people were very generous in making donations, especially the Beavers Football Club, who I play for, who gave £1,000.”

Sandra, who also worked as a hospital manager, died on May 31 following a five month struggle with lung cancer despite having never smoked.

Added Graham: “Sandra was a tremendous fighter who wouldn’t and couldn’t give up. The one shining light was the care she received from the ambulance service which was second to none. They attended her on several occasions and rushed her into hospital two or three times under blue lights. They were absolutely brilliant, truly awesome.

“I will never forget their professionalism and the empathy they showed to Sandra and myself, and I decided there and then that I would like to do something for them. I wanted to do something to celebrate Sandra and properly recognise the fantastic job the ambulance service do for us all.”

The concert was attended by TASC Director of Charity Operations Jean Hayes who gave a talk about the services offered by the charity, in particular the psychological support it provides to past and present ambulance staff and their families.

Graham, who has two sons, Blair, 24, and Christopher, aged 25, said the family chose a musical tribute to Sandra as their youngest plays for the Discords, a group of semi-professional musicians who cover rock bands from Led Zeppelin to the Foo Fighters.

“They are a fantastic band and Sandra was always thrilled to see Blair perform, so they were the obvious choice for this special concert,” said Graham.

The concert was free to attend, with money being raised from food ticket sales, a raffle, collection tins and donations. The evening was preceded by a 30 overs a side cricket match.

Blair King playing the drums