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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Musician aims high for HANC

LINDISFARNE frontman Billy Mitchell is on a high after his latest stunt to raise funds for a charity which was founded by a Corbridge woman.

He was one of 20 daredevils who zip-wired across the River Tyne, gliding from the Baltic arts centre in Gateshead to Newcastle’s Quayside.

The stunt was organised to raise money and awareness for the Northern Head and Neck Cancer Fund (HANC) which supports those suffering and recovering from head and neck cancer.

The charity was set up by Corbridge’s Evelyn Wightman, following the death of her husband Paul in June 2013.

The fund was set up last August under the stewardship of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Every year, over 500 people are affected by head and neck cancer in the North-East and North Cumbria.

HANC aims to fund head and neck cancer awareness campaigns within the Northern region; fund equipment or services to improve the patient/carer experience; and aid research and education in the field of head and neck cancer.

Billy also scaled the glass roof of the 40ft high Sage building in Gateshead last year to raise funds for HANC, when he was one of a group of 20.