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    Weʼve raised £2,440 to help my friend Chris with his recovery from a life threatening brain tumour

    Brighton, UK
    Funded on Wednesday, 20th March 2019

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    Hi All

    I want to talk to you about my friend Chris Farley, whom I sing with as part of Brighton Gay Mens Chorus. I then want to ask you for your help.

    Chris has a brain tumour. It’s big and it’s growing. The doctors have told him a couple of weeks back he has to have it removed. His operation is booked for Weds 28th November and will involve cutting a hole in the side of his skull (about the size of the mouth of a tea mug).

    Hopefully they can remove it all first go, but he has been told he may end up in a vegetative state or even die. Even if it goes well, the recovery period is likely to take several months.

    Meanwhile, he cannot work or earn money in the usual way and has had to step down from his job as manager of Shakeaways on Bond St. He has therefore been consulting with numerous organisations to ask for financial support. He has tried a number of charities on top of the statutory channels.

    But it transpires there are very limited benefits available to him at such short notice.

    As a result the drop in income will be significant, likely to be several hundred pounds short on his monthly outgoings including his rent.

    He’s understandably feeling really stressed out and also really let down by the lack of resources.

    I’ve been in touch with the trustees of Brighton Gay Mens Chorus and they have kindly been able to offer some support. This has meant a huge amount to him and certainly lifted his spirits temporarily.

    However he is going to need a lot more to get him through the next few months. I’m going to be thinking of some initiatives to try and help him, including asking for donations. I have already spoken to a few people both in the choir and in the community whom have kindly offered to help. If you can find it in you to participate in some way then I know that would mean a huge amount to him.

    My personal mission is that I want him to feel able to focus on being fit and ready for the operation rather than worrying himself to death over his financial situation.

    Meanwhile, if you have any ideas on how you might be able to help then please do let me know.

    Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

    All the best

    Adam x



    • Adam Betteridge2 years ago
      Adam Betteridge

      Adam Betteridge

      2 years ago

      I thought I'd post an update as a few of you have been in touch recently. I'm happy to say that Chris is doing really well, and although he is not fit enough to go back to work, he is back singing with us at Brighton Gay Men's Chorus. He often remarks on how your support has helped him through this most challenging of times. He is hoping to perform with us at our next show 3/4 May for Brighton Fringe Festival. If you are able to come along to that, it may be a good time to say hello in person! More info here

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    • Adam Betteridge2 years ago
      Adam Betteridge

      Adam Betteridge

      2 years ago

      Yay! Chris has now successfully had his operation, and I received a message from him saying: “I’ve been discharged off to the Sussex Beacon for the next couple of weeks. Surgeon really pleased with my progress and recovery; definitely a fighter he said xx” I’m sure you will agree this is fantastic news! He’s not up to receiving visitors just yet, but if you want to visit or leave a message perhaps call the inpatient unit at the Sussex Beacon, or perhaps send a card. Their main switchboard number is 01273694222 or

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    • Adam Betteridge2 years ago
      Adam Betteridge

      Adam Betteridge

      2 years ago

      My thoughts are with Chris and his partner Piotr this morning, as Chris finally goes in for the operation to (hopefully) remove his brain tumour. It’s a worrying time. My fingers are crossed that all goes well xx

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    • Corinne Kirby

      Corinne Kirby

      Dec 18, 2018

      Lauren Kirby Greenall (Shakeaway) is my daughter and she told me about Chris and his illness. I just felt the need to help and wish him well.


    • Tilda Moffitt

      Tilda Moffitt

      Dec 15, 2018


    • wendy burgess

      wendy burgess

      Dec 13, 2018


    • Annette Routledge

      Annette Routledge

      Dec 13, 2018

      Stay strong. Thank you all the joy you have given us. Positive thoughts going in your direction.


    • Robert  Teiman O Neill

      Robert Teiman O Neill

      Dec 12, 2018



    • Anonymous


      Dec 12, 2018

      Sending you a message of love and hope... from someone who so enjoys choral singing too.



      Dec 12, 2018

      Hope it all goes well, and recovery goes smoothly, Chris.


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