Gig to thank charity that helped seriously ill girl

Molly Whitt.
Molly Whitt.

A BUMPER concert in Marlpool is all set to raise money for a charity that supported a young girl through a serious illness.

Molly Whitt, who is now 15, was diagnosed with a kidney tumour when she was just nine months old.

Whitt family.

Whitt family.

After having a kidney removed and undergoing chemotherapy, Molly was supported by the Parents’ Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC) and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

As a thank you to PASIC, Molly’s dad Andy Whitt runs a concert to raise cash for the charity.

H Stock will rock up at Shipley Working Men’s Club, in Millbank, tomorrow evening, November 18. The event is now in its fifth year.

Andy, 46, originally from Heanor, who now lives in Derby, said: “Come along and support the charity. We had 250 people at the event last year and we raised just under £2,000.

“This time we are hoping to crack the £2,000 barrier.”

Andy has raised almost £8,000 from the previous four concerts.

All the money raised will go to PASIC, a charity based at the Queen’s Medical Centre which funds help for families with seriously or terminally-ill children.

The charity supported Andy, his wife Wendy, 44, and Molly when the youngster was ill.

“Molly is 15 now and doing really well,” said Andy. “She is active and fit.

“There is nothing wrong with her now, except that she has just one kidney.”

There will be five live bands, who all come from Heanor, playing a lively mixture of blues, punk and rock music.

They are Generation Freak, Dreaded Monkey, Grand Ultra, The Spitfires, and NG26.

Andy said: “It will be a terrific event.

“This year promises to be the biggest and best show so far. It should eclipse all previous efforts.”

There will also be a raffle, with prizes donated by businesses from towns such as Heanor, Ilkeston and Belper.

Doors open at 7pm and the first band is on at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the night. Get yours from Andy on 01332 347378, or from any members of the bands that are playing on the night.

Excited Andy added: “This event is a must for lovers of rock music and supporters of the local music scene.”