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1st August - 2 to 7pm

The Peacock Inn - Brampton

A special fund-raiser is coming to Brampton to raise money for one of it’s much loved characters Matt (Taffy) Evans.

Matt’s Story...

Matt who is just 47 was first diagnosed with Stage 3 tongue and soft palate cancer in 2006 and was given a 20% chance of survival. Matt, determined to fight the disease, endured surgery to remove his tongue which was replaced with muscle from his stomach, had his neck cut from ear to ear to remove affected lymph nodes and battled four rounds of gruelling chemotherapy and a staggering 36 rounds of radiotherapy! Matt fought hard for a long time and to everyone’s amazement and relief, was eventually given the all clear.

Unfortunately, Matt was recently told that the cancer had returned, this time with a diagnosis of stage 4 mouth and throat cancer, which in its already advanced stages, is inoperable. Without treatment Matt has been given just months to live. Despite this devastating news he plans to fight this just as hard as he did before, to give him as long as possible to spend with his children. As Matt has already received the maximum amount of radiotherapy that the human body can endure in a lifetime, his only option is more chemotherapy.


A group of Matt’s childhood friends have set up a gofundme account to raise money for him to make memories with his children and ensure he needs for nothing during this time.

So far their initial target of £3000 has been smashed with a whopping almost £10,000 raised so far. The team have been overwhelmed with people’s generosity and love for Matt.

A Day of Live Music...

To further their mission local Chesterfield musicians are putting on a fund-raising event at The Peacock, Brampton on 1st Aug From 2 to 7pm to raise money and awareness of Matt’s story.

Matt has been a regular supporter of local live music for many years and it is fitting that the day is for him, along with his friends and family, to get together to enjoy each others company, listen to some local live music and make some memories. There will also be some talented local DJ’s supporting the exciting event, Clifton Rowe and Timmy B will be bringing you ‘Pay to Play’ where people will be invited to pay a donation of £5 to hear their favourite track. All proceeds will go to the gofundme cause.

Musicians scheduled to play so far are The Blue Birds, (featuring Matt’s talented sister Ami) Lexi Whiteside, The Shambles (five piece), Matt Lomas, Groundhog Days & Damon Downs. Such an eclectic mix of music to please everyone!

Alongside the music and DJ’s there will be a raffle and tasty local food provided by Pizza Pi and Leet’s Treats. The Peacock Inn will be providing alcoholic refreshments and soft drinks.

The event is open to anyone and as always organisers will adhere to the latest COVID guidelines. A group of Matt’s friends will be shaking their charity buckets throughout the day, all you need to do is make a donation and enjoy the day.

If you would like to make a donation online before/after the event please go to the link below.


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