So, why do we do it?
There are many and varied reasons why a group of people in Greater Manchester meet almost every weekend to play their intruments, collect your loose change for Cancer Research UK and raise general awareness about this terrible desease. This is why they do it - perhaps you would like to help us reach our next target?
For me I only collect and can't play but it's vital that I help as one day in the future cancer research may find a cure for my rare tumour so that someone else doesn't have to live with no treatment like me.
Also whilst collecting and humming along with the band I forget that the tumour is there for a short while and that is so important.
One other thing they are truly the nicest kindest group of people and I'm so glad to be part of it. AW
I was invited to join Loose Change by a friend, and, 4 years later I'm still playing! Cancer affects many families and helping to fund the research is important. LC commit to giving all donations raised direct to Cancer Reseach UK. I am fortunate in having the time to do this, and the buskers and bucketeers are a great group of people to spend time with, so, even on the cold wet days, its a pleasure to help. ME
I got to know Bernard through Monday nights at the Fletcher Moss and his selfless drive to raise funds impressed me.
After a lifetime of being Mr Responsible running (with my better half) Pubs, Post Offices and finally the Village Store, I decided to let my hair down (what there is of it !) and now enjoy the company of a great gang of all sorts of personalities singing and collecting at the weekend for a great cause. Paul (Tall)
I absolutely love being a part of Loose Change Buskers. Reaching the 400k in December was the highlight of my year and the only feeling that will beat that is when we get to the half million this year (which I know we will).
As a palliative care nurse I see patients every week who have lost their fight with Cancer. I see it as a privilege to look after these brave people and helping them to achieve a dignified and peaceful end of life. Collecting for Cancer Research UK with Loose Change Buskers is also a privilege . When we are out there playing our music and rattling our buckets what we are actually doing is giving people hope. We get to meet many people touched by cancer who are cheered up by what we are doing and really grateful for the amounts we are raising. Some of these people are counting on donations to find new treatments that can give them the chance to lead longer and happier lives. (That's what Cancer Research UK does). They see us doing our thing and it brings hope and happiness to their day.
I wouldn't love this as much as I do if it wasn't for the rest of the crew. Loose Change Buskers are some of the nicest people I've ever met and we all have a great laugh doing what we do. Long may it continue ! Kate
A few years ago I knew a couple of guys in bands. One of them, Dave Eatock, invited me down to Timperley Tavern to an acoustic jam session, as a total non player (not even a guitar owner!), it seemed a bit, well, different. I used to sit with our great friend, Dave Shannon's wife, Linda. I would sing along with just about every song played, but sat well away from the inner circle. Linda used to peck my head, "Ken, you should be up there with them!" Eventually after many weeks and much head pecking I bought a guitar. My only aim was to master a few chords (still trying) and join in with the jam. As soon as i managed that, the session folded. I persevered at home, then sadly a workmate died from cancer, a big man in every way.
Another friend (Bob Fox) decided to go on a one man busk campaign to raise money for Cancer Research. I joined him up in Blackburn and we played all day with a few friends. Then I remembered Bernard and some of the guys doing this on a regular basis, so I tagged along, mainly, well ,totally shaking buckets ! I really enjoyed meeting with people on the streets, listening to their sad or happy cancer related stories. One busk, a fairly quiet one, at Daisy Nook Garden Centre, short of singers, Bernard said to me "do one!" I started to pack up, but what he meant was, do a song. The rest is history.
It gave me a confidence I never knew I had and a great feeling of satisfaction, I lost my wife, father, sister, uncles and aunties, father in law and friends to this dreaded disease. Putting something back in means such a lot. The half a million we are heading for is but a drop in the ocean, but if more people do stuff then we can make our own ocean. I am proud to be associated with LCB. I have made some good friends and had some good times. Let's keep it rolling! KJ
We have all had our lives touched by cancer. My father father survived colonic cancer (lived for a further 20 years after the op). My mother contracted oral cancer but only in her final year of life and died at 93. However, 2 of my wife's best friends and several of my ex-Army (Royal Signals) colleagues and 2 ex-work colleagues all died of cancer. I would like to see cancer consigned into history like, for example, diphtheria.
I enjoy the music side (expands my skills away from standard banjo fare of bluegrass , US old time and Irish) but love the fact that it's also generating funds towards helping my above stated wishes to come true. Not quite so much fun in cold or lousy weather , but we then can find we collect more money out of sympathy ; I don't mind if the donations come out of pity at all.
I also get emotional (which is somewhat out of character for me) when I see someone put a large donation into the bucket - in some cases they're fighting back tears at the same time so they have obviously lost a close friend/relative to cancer or are affected themselves. Anything that makes this a thing of the past or even improves survival rates has to be worthwhile .... CM
F' me it's all about saving lives. BUSKING CANCER was a great idea and I'm glad I saw the interview with Suggs an Rod, those years ago. It took BERNARD to take the idea forward , however and morphed it into LCB. It's the Bucketeers that keep me going. All weathers, with a charity bucket. AMAZING people. Plus, Bernard , humpin' n lumpin', setting up , breaking it down and in all weathers and problems... he overcomes. We take him for granted, which is a human condition and not a good one.
Let's all just take look back at what he has achieved. What we have all achieved is unique. We shall overcome. One day the BIG C will be assigned to the history books... LCB will have played a small part in eradicating the plague. Let's all hope so... til then, let's keeping bangin' out the tunes, collecting loose change and admire the Bucketeers and Bernard and JF n' what they do.
It's a pleasure to be associated with The LCB Crew. Long may it continue. JB
In January 2012 I was given a stem-cell transplant which seems to have successfully eradicated my chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). I learned afterwards that I would otherwise have had about 10 months to live. In years gone by this procedure (and many other anti-cancer procedures) would not have been available. Research into cancers in the past and the present have led to similar "miracles". By holding a bucket for Loose Change Buskers, I hope that I am contributing in a small way to improving outcomes in the future. Besides this it is a thoroughly enjoyable way of spending time with some terrific musicians and lovely people (even allowing for the cold, wet and windy days!). TP
My mother died of throat cancer and in later life my father had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, though I was fortunate that he lived till he was 97! Since I was 17 I have supported various third sector activities and when I retired I wanted to make use of some of the skills I had develeoped in my career.
I was introduced to LCB by a member of another organisation that I am involved with. Within an hour of meeting them I was overwhelmingly impressed by their dedication.
My aim then was to make this massive effort as visible as possible on the web in an effort to not only encourage others to give generously, but to hopefully find more people who would like to become members of LCB and hence share the load as we move towards our target of £500,000 by the end of 2018 ! GD
Having spent all my life chasing targets, deadlines, budgets in order to enjoy retirement, to simply do something I love doing for no personal gain is hugely rewarding.
To help funds be raised towards a goal of 3 out of 4 people with cancer being cured makes it all the more meaningful.! NB
Fighting cancer is good; supporting scientific research is good; community action is good; fresh air is good; sharing conga playing with John Fogel is a learning experience; the crack is good and Bernard's jokes get funnier every week; and making music is restorative and inherently good. I don't want to lose the good thing that I've got. So for LCB I knock on goat skin, suspended over wood. SS
I have been a member of Loose Change Buskers for the last six years and can honestly say it is always an absolute pleasure meeting such dedicated people and some with even musical ability!!! It is an enjoyable way of raising money for life saving research and an opportunity to meet so many kind and generous members of the public who have contributed to the vast amount of Money raised so far. MB