Inspirational musician drums up support for fight against cancer

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A DETERMINED dad who battled testicular cancer has raised money with his friends to help others going through treatment.

Drummer Andrew Harvey organised a band night at Bar Bliss, in Kirkintilloch, with owner Audrey Bowman.

The popular event attracted around 120 people and raised £2,000 for the chemotherapy ward at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Andrew’s bands Lucky 13 and Trident performed as well as Crackerman.

Andrew (44) was given the shocking news that he had testicular cancer in 2008.

Within weeks of finding the lump he had surgery to remove the testicle and was fitted with a prosthetic one at the same time.

He went on to have chemotherapy treatment at the Beatson.

The dad of twin daughters said: “I’m quite open about having testicular cancer.

“A lot of people have come to me privately and said they think they have found something. I’ve said to them to go to the doctor straight away.”

Andrew, who lives in Moodiesburn, is a drummer in the bands Trident and Lucky 13. They were joined for the fundraising event by another band, Crackerman.

Andrew organised the event with Bar Bliss owner Audrey Bowman, whose mum is receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

He said: “Audrey and I had been talking about how great the staff are at the Beatson and we wanted to give something back.

“The night was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who contributed towards it.”

The band night included a raffle and auction, and Steven Craven, who performs with Crackerman, shaved his head to raise money for the cause.

Audrey Bowman, pictured with Andrew, said: “For such a small pub to raise that amount is excellent.”

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