Miranda’s living room concert will support Devon cancer unit

PUBLISHED: 13:33 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:12 22 June 2020

Musician Miranda Sykes. Photo: Jolyon Holroyd

Musician Miranda Sykes. Photo: Jolyon Holroyd

Jolyon Holroyd

Devon musician Miranda Sykes will play a Facebook Live concert to support a cancer unit where she has been receiving treatment.

Musician Miranda Sykes will perform a live concert from the living room of her Devon home to raise funds for the hospital unit that has been treating her for breast cancer.

The Totnes-based singer and bass player, who is well-known for her role in the folk group Show of Hands with Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, shortly before the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

She has received five cycles of chemotherapy since then and just before each treatment Miranda has performed a live concert from her living room.

Miranda’s treatment has been given by The Ricky Grant Unit at Torbay Hospital which she says has been amazing, providing wonderful treatment through what has been a tremendously difficult time for healthcare workers. The entire unit was moved to Newton Abbot during her treatment and staff have also made huge personal sacrifices to shield their highly vulnerable patients and keep them safe.

Miranda, whose son Wilfred was born in 2018, will be having her final cycle of chemotherapy before facing the next stage of her journey on 8 July.

Ahead of this, on Saturday 4 July, she will be performing a very special Facebook Live concert to raise funds for The Ricky Grant Unit. Click here at 7.30pm to access the performance.

Donations to the Ricky Grant Unit can be made here.

Miranda says: “I was diagnosed just before lockdown and the thought of going through treatment while the NHS was battling Covid-19 was terrifying. We wondered if treatment would go ahead at all in the early days but Torbay Hospital have been amazing.

“The whole of the chemotherapy unit - both in and out patients - was moved to Newton Abbot Hospital to protect patients. The staff are incredible and have made personal sacrifices to make treatment safer by shielding themselves when not at work. I can’t thank them enough but hope that this concert enables me to give something back to the unit to show my heartfelt thanks for everything they have done for me.”

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