Hastings vocalist Karis Thompson will be hosting a Christmas concert on the 22nd December at the BLK Market for a cause very close to her heart, Pancreatic Cancer Action. Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of dance and musical performances, including Liane Carroll, Abigail Doherty, West-End’s  Darcy Jacobs, Pulse Circus and Movement and Karis herself.

The Concert will be held in loving memory of Karis’ Dad Nigel Thompson, and Clare Wilson,  Liane Carroll’s mum, who both passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Karis’ Father, Nigel, was given 9 months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014 but sadly died just 2 short months later. Karis says; “My dad was my rock and an incredible support to me! He came to every gig that I performed and was always there in the crowd! He was such a strong man, loved by so many and it broke my heart to see his health go downhill so quickly, especially as he had beaten his past illnesses. I just want to raise awareness of this disease as there is a better chance of survival with an early diagnosis!”

Clare Wilson’s granddaughter Abigail speaks fondly of her grandmother “My nan was my world, I feel utterly privileged to have had her in my life for almost 31 years , I see her every day in my children Madelyn and Ella who she played such a huge part in raising and for that I will be eternally grateful”

Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, and every year nearly 10,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease, which has the lowest survival rate of all common cancer at just 5%, a figure which has barely changed in almost 50 years. Pancreatic Cancer Action focuses on achieving early diagnosis of the disease through increased awareness of the signs and symptoms amongst the public and primary care community.

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Karis has given her time to support us and organise this great event. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our vital work. Please back Karis in her fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

To find out more, please visit http://pancreaticcanceraction.org/ support-us/fundraise or call 0303 0401770