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When I was 13 years old, my father was diagnosed with Leukemia. He underwent treatment for many years (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant) and is now thankfully in full remission. It is thanks to charities such as Cancer Research UK, who fund research into developing new ways of treating all types of cancers, that my father is now at the other end of his treatment and going strong. Their continued funding is required to further develop and refine treatments so that even more cancer sufferers will beat the illness.

Over the next few months, I will be preparing to take my Grade 8 exams on the following instruments; Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trombone and Tuba. If this seems like a challenge in itself, I will also be attempting to do them all in one day. Extra challenges include the fact that even though Trombone is my main instrument, I have previously never played the Trumpet, Tenor Horn and Tuba before this year and will give myself only 8 months to learn them to a grade 8 standard. This means learning 18 different pieces and taking sight reading, improvising and scale tests etc (in a variety of keys and clefs).

I am hoping to make thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK, which could make a very real difference to peoples’ lives. Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by donations from the public, so events like this really do make a difference.

Even in these early stages of event planning, I have managed to secure support for this event from some very generous companies in the music world. Huge thanks to John Packer Musical Instruments, who have very kindly provided me with 6 of their own top of the range John Packer instruments with which to practice and take the exams on. They will also be aiding in the advertisement of this event and supporting the charity with further fundraising/music ideas.

Denis Wick Mouthpieces and Accessories have also invited me to their factory to endorse their mouthpieces on these instruments. Trinity College London are also supporting the event by providing the exams for free..

Watch this space for blogs, updates, pictures, videos and of course to donate all the cash you can afford.

Thank you very much for your donations,

Russell Lock

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Donations 81

Well done!

Donation by Shaun Rigby on 06/01/14

£5.00

Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/14

£195.00

+ £48.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Heard you at Sandwell Youth Orchestra's Christmas Sparkle Concert, and were most impressed! Congratulations!

Donation by Lucy's Nanna and Grandad on 26/12/13

£10.00

well done for completing that challenge-it's a great achievement

Donation by The Bakers on 23/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done! Just did grade 1 flute for gradeoneathon but this is immense!

Donation by Maxine Kwok-Adams on 14/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done to you and your accompanist. Some of this is the money I would have spent on Xmas cards for the Invicta concert band so best wishes from musicians in Kent.

Donation by Sally Hannan (was Dyson) on 11/12/13

Congratulations, what an achievement for a fantastic cause!

Donation by Megan Baber on 06/12/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

6 distinctions?! You jammy bastard! Well done anyway though and congratulations on raising such a great amount :) x

Donation by Kathryn Reeve-Black on 06/12/13

We'll done Russell congratulations

Donation by Lara ( was at St Marks yesterday too ) on 06/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Fantastic work Russell, well done! Cancer takes too many people that we love dearly and with people like yourself we're making a positive step forward. Thank you.

Donation by Tildi HORTON on 06/12/13

Dear Russell, You're a man of considerable distinction(s), sir! A fantastic achievement for the worthiest of causes by the finest of men - hussah!!! All best, Charlie "Brassed Off Phil" Buckland

Donation by Charlie Buckland on 05/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations Russell well done x

Donation by Jenny McGough on 05/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done mate

Donation by David Hale on 05/12/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Absolutely awesome effort! Nicely done.

Donation by Dave Shipley on 05/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 05/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck fella!!!!

Donation by Anonymous on 05/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Emma 'persuaded' me this was a good cause. Given I never took even one grade 8... I agree! Best of luck :)

Donation by Hannah on 05/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Russ...X

Donation by Annabel on 05/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

You will fly through this Russell. Best Wishes! xx

Donation by Jenny, Dave and Ash. on 05/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck (: you'll do great!

Donation by melissa on 04/12/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

All the best Russell.

Donation by Sheila Bailey on 04/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Russell. You're a champion.

Donation by Margaret Allen on 04/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great effort Russell!

Donation by Anonymous on 04/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Russell....I had enough trouble passing one Grade 8 never mind 6!

Donation by Rachael Stidwill (SMAS) on 04/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,940.00
  • Offline donations£300.00
  • Text donations£20.00
  • Total raised£2,260.00
  • Gift Aid£400.00

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