The Lewis Foundation

Salute to a local charity

According to Cancer Research, every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Cancer can aff ect anyone, and most of us have been touched by it, know someone who has had it, or have sadly lost a loved one to it. My best friend, and former colleague at Wilson Browne Solicitors, Graham Hill, died of skin cancer eight years ago. He left behind four children. February 4 is World Cancer Day, a day set aside by the Union

for International Cancer Control to raise awareness and to improve education, hoping to drive personal, collective and government action. On a local scale I have, over the last year, come to know The

Lewis Foundation. Founder Lorraine Lewis will be featured on my #linkedinlive on February 4, at 4pm, so that we can tell her story. Every week they source, package and hand deliver – even through COVID – free gifts and support packs to adult cancer patients in hospital. T e packs include things that they might fi nd diffi cult to buy, have forgotten, or run out of. Imagine how isolated they are, and how that gift is received? I struggle to think of a more consistent example, on a local scale, of the kindness of strangers. A single gift costs £3.60. Staggeringly, despite COVID, over 21,000 gifts were delivered to those in hospital since the fi rst lockdown. If you know me, you will perhaps know that in my spare time I am

an (extremely!) amateur musician. In 1991, Billy Bragg released a song called Tank Park Salute for his father who died of lung cancer. I am

Kevin Rogers President of the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Wilson Browne Solicitors.

grateful to my dear friend John Griff of JG Media Services who, together with my new friends at Sony (who have been kind on the licensing) has worked with me on our ‘lockdown charm’ version of this song, now available to stream on Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music. It is our way of raising awareness for T e Lewis

Foundation, and hopefully some funds, as well as a tribute to those lost, those who fi ght, and to the memories made and yet to come. Give it a listen, please, and if you can head over to the JustGiving page tankparksalute, or raise awareness that would be so special. T ey are doing incredible things at such a lonely time for those in hospital, and we salute them. T ank you



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