Marlborough prepares to rock for Prospect

Written by Peter Davison.

Nick Harper pictured at the Avebury Rocks festival in July 2012Nick Harper pictured at the Avebury Rocks festival in July 2012Marlborough is preparing to rock for charity as top singer-songwriter Nick Harper plays a hometown gig in aid of Prospect Hospice.

Nick, who is internationally renowned for his music, will headline a night of music at Marlborough Town Hall in aid of the Mayor's Charity for the year. 

‘Nick Harper and Friends’ will perform from 7.30pm on Friday, November 2. Nick will be supported by a number of local bands.

Tickets are £10 each and are available from Sound Knowledge in Hughenden Yard, Marlborough.

Mayor Edwina Fogg has nominated Prospect Hospice as the Mayor’s Charity for her 2012/2013 term in memory of Mike Bracey who died of pancreatic cancer in April this year. 

Mike lived in Marlborough with his partner Susie Fisher, former chairman of Marlborough Jazz Festival, and was just 60 when he died. 

Mike was cared for at Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, which provides end of life hospice care for the Swindon and Marlborough areas.

The hospice is a registered charity and relies on donations for 70 percent of its operating costs.

Ms Fisher said: ‘I am delighted that the mayor has nominated Prospect Hospice as her charity in memory of Mike.

"Working with the terminally ill is not an easy task and yet all the staff and volunteers at Prospect are always cheerful and friendly. We lost Mike to pancreatic cancer in April 2012 and while this is a devastating disease when it takes hold, the Prospect Nurses were always available for a home visit or telephone call, adjusting medication as necessary and providing much needed support and advice.

"When he was admitted to the hospice, he was comforted by their extremely efficient medical staff and the beautiful, peaceful surroundings. It is an incredible place which deserves our support."

The charity also holds special meaning for Nick, son of the legendary folk musician Roy Harper. His mother, Monica Weston – well known locally as head teacher of St Peters Junior school in Marlborough – spent her last days at the hospice.