Hatfield couple set up rock concert for Welwyn Garden City hospice

PUBLISHED: 15:57 02 March 2019

The Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March, in memory of Rita Cain (right) and others who have died of cancer. Picture: supplied by Adrian Cain/Cheryll Cain

The Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March, in memory of Rita Cain (right) and others who have died of cancer. Picture: supplied by Adrian Cain/Cheryll Cain

supplied by Adrian Cain/Cheryll Cain

A Hatfield couple are getting a charity rock gig under way in aid of a Welwyn Garden City hospice.

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Rita Fowler, who was cared for by Isabel Hospice in her last days. Picture: supplied by Cheryll CainRita Fowler, who was cared for by Isabel Hospice in her last days. Picture: supplied by Cheryll Cain

Bassist and university worker Adrian Cain is organising the bash to raise money for Isabel Hospice, where he used to volunteer.

The project is his wife Cheryll’s idea after cancer has tragically touched both their lives several times.

The concert will take place 12 years to the day since Cheryll’s mother, Rita Fowler, passed away from the illness, and it will also commemorate Adrian’s first wife Lorraine - known to all as Lou - who died of cancer the year before.

“Cancer has been quite a big part of our lives. I’ve lost a lot of friends to cancer,” said Adrian, who also lost his mother to the illness in 2012. “It’s something that has haunted me in a way.”

The Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March. Picture: supplied by Adrian CainThe Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March. Picture: supplied by Adrian Cain

Isabel Hospice has been a “lifeline” to their families with both respite and bereavement care, said Cheryll - especially after her first husband died suddenly just three months after she lost her mum.

“Although my husband died due to something unrelated, they gave me so much support,” said Cheryll. “They didn’t have to do that, but they did anyway.

“I don’t know how I would have coped without them.

“I would have just fallen to pieces.”

The Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March. Picture: supplied by Adrian CainThe Eclipsed will be playing rock classics at a charity concert for Isabel Hospice in March. Picture: supplied by Adrian Cain

Adrian and Cheryll, who were neighbours, have since married and share a determination to help the hospice that has done so much for both of them.

“There is so much work that they do for people during a horrible time in their lives,” added Cheryll.

“They were a lifeline.

“And I’m sure a lot of people who have used the hospice can relate to that.

“I hope nobody has to use them, but it all has to be funded from somewhere.”

With this in mind, the couple want to raise money with a charity concert by Adrian’s newly-formed band, the Eclipsed.

It is the first time in many years he has returned to his long-held love of music, which was put on hold by losing his first wife.

The five-piece band, formed just a few months ago, is called The Eclipsed and practice regularly in Baldock.

At the charity gig being organised at Colney Heath Village Hall, they want to entertain people with their blend of rock and pop covers of artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, George Michael and ZZ Top.

Cheryll thinks it’s the perfect way of commemorating her mother.

“We want to have a really celebratory day, she was the life and soul of the party,” she said.

“She would have enjoyed it so much.”

“Sometimes things just come up and hit you and you think, ‘you know what, I just want to do something positive’.”

The concert will be on March 30.

There will also be a raffle, and the couple have set up a JustGiving page with a target of £950: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cheryll-cain

Tickets for the gig are £5 per person, which are available by contacting cheryllparker@hotmail.co.uk

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