THE MEMORY of an Arbroath man who died of cancer will be honoured at a special charity gig later this year that’s been organised by his son.
Lee House (32) has organised the Beats to Beat Cancer gig to raise money for two cancer charities after the death of his dad Dennis two years ago at the age of 54.
The money raised at the concert will be split between Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Centres and will feature DJ sets with Tom Simpson from Snow Patrol and Richard Colburn from Belle and Sebastian.
Lee’s father, Dennis, died of oesophageal cancer. He said: “My dad survived a 15-hour operation and we thought he had beaten cancer.
“He was in the marines based in Arbroath and was a fighter mentally. He never gave up on anything in his life. Sadly six months later he had a lot of pain in the wound where the stitches were and a scan revealed the cancer had returned and there was no way back.
“I decided to put the gig on just before Christmas as I remember that this time of year was particularly hard for my dad – he was worried it might be his last with his family.
“When Tesco announced that our Charity of the Year was going to be Cancer Research UK, I decided I wanted to do all I could to raise as much money as possible and increase awareness of cancer.
“I have chosen to donate 20 per cent of the revenue to the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee who looked after my dad by giving him a place to relax after treatment and offering financial advice to him and my mum which took some of the stress away.
“I am so happy both of these charities will benefit from this event.”
Beats to Beat Cancer will be held at Fat Sams in South Ward Road, Dundee, on December 21.