Friends organise Thetford gig in aid of 28-year-old battling cancer

Members of Thetford 93 at the bottom of Ben Nevis, with Wayne Harvey pictured second from the left in the front row
Members of Thetford 93 at the bottom of Ben Nevis, with Wayne Harvey pictured second from the left in the front row

A group of friends is hosting a night of entertainment for ‘one of their own’ who is undergoing cancer treatment.

Having completed the Three Peaks Challenge in 2015, last year members of ‘Thetford 93’ organised a 93-mile trek from Great Yarmouth to Thetford, raising thousands of pounds for West Suffolk Hospital’s My Wish Charity.

Throughout its fund-raising efforts, the group has been keen to demonstrate Thetford’s strong community spirit, something it is counting on tonight when it hosts its next event – a music night in aid of one of its own members.

The gig, being headlined by Thetford rapper Franko Fraize, Tone and Doski, will take place at The Hideout, in Stephenson Way, from 7.30pm, with Wayne Harvey, who has spent months battling testicular cancer, to receive the proceeds.

Franko, of Thetford 93, said Wayne had been unable to work and had a young son so they wanted to do what they could to help.

He added: “At times these things happen and they shock and blow your mind. Wayne’s the first person close to me, whilst I’ve been an adult, to get cancer and the way he’s dealt with it is incredible, he’s been so inspiring.”

Mark Dean, of Thetford 93, said they knew fund-raising for the hospital could benefit anyone but they never imagined one of their group would be in need of its services so soon.

Wayne, who is due to finish chemotherapy on Monday, said he felt ‘a bit overwhelmed’ by everyone’s support.

“It’s when something like this happens that you realise what a good circle of friends and family you’ve got,” he said.

Tonight’s line-up consists entirely of Thetford talent with comedian Al Wycherley, DJs IC and Vnds and the likes of Charlotte Sometimes, Lou Spencer, Adam Brown and Luczafter also on the bill.

Wayne, 28, is keen for the event to help raise awareness of testicular cancer which males of any age can develop. Find out more at www.testicularcancersociety.org.