Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Founded in 1999, the charity is the legacy of BBC broadcaster Hellen Rollason. Her vision was “good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive. It should be available to everyone.”
Zoe Jay told us about the work undertaken to support those diagnosed with cancer and their relatives through their centres in Hatfield Peverel, Harlow and Colchester. At the moment they have a thousand clients. The charity provides, free of charge, extra beneficial activities. These include Pilates, Reflexology, Yoga, Mindfulness, art and craft groups, Look good feel better workshops and support groups. Of course, this service needs fundraising to sustain it and volunteers to assist in many ways.
The annual cycle race event Ride for Helen Essex on Sunday 14th of May is in its tenth year! Cyclists meet at the Crix Hatfield Peverel for this family friendly event which offers five scenic cycling routes through the beautiful Essex countryside to suit all capabilities. Choose from 6 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles and 65 miles. More information can be found at https://www.helenrollason.org.uk/event/ride-for-helen-essex/
On 25th of June there is an Open Garden event in and around Hatfield Peverel. Tickets can be purchased for this event via the website. This also allows you to go to the centre and have ‘taster treatments’ from those offered to clients and their families.
Like all charities, the pandemic has resulted in less volunteers. There are numerous volunteering possibilities including being a receptions for one or two days a week at the centre, marshals during the ride, helping with registration at events etc. More information and how to apply can be accessed via the website.
Ellie Golding – Still falling for you – from the soundtrack of the 2016 film Bridget Jones baby. UK no 11, USA no 25. Hungary no 3. Poland no 4.
David Bowie (featuring Mark Ronson) – I feel free – Track from the 1993 album – Back to white noise. UK no 1, Top 10 in six more countries. Song originally recorded by Cream in 1966.
Queen – Bicycle race – 1978 UK no 11, USA no 24. From the album – Jazz – UK no 2, USA no 6.
Katie Melua – Nine million bicycles – 2005 Uk no 5, Top 10 in three more countries.
Mixtures – Push bike song – Australian duo’s 1970 UK no 2, no 1 in Australia and New Zealand.
Above Westlife in 2001.
Below Kian Egan in 2023.
Kiann Egan, best known as a member of Westlife, is 43 years old. We heard the Westlife track from 2001 – Uptown girl – UK no 1, in total Westlife have had thirteen no 1s.
Bruce Robert Howard, know as DR. Robert is a singer and songwriter in the band Blow Monkeys. He recently had his 42nd birthday. We heard the band’s 1986 track UK n0 12 and USA no 14 – Digging your scene – from the album – Animal magic.
Willie Nelson is 90 years old. Firstly we heard Patsy Cline – Crazy. Willie wrote the song, which was a USA no 9 in 1961 and a UK no 14 in 1990. Then we heard Willie’s 1982 version of You are always on my mind. USA no 5, winner of three Grammy awards including Best male Country Performance.
Thanks to Chris, Bob, Lee and Sarah in Harlow, Sian in Manchester, Chris in Guildford and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part today. Our joint winners, each with three points were Bob, Lee and Sarah. Thanks to everyone who took part, whether they contacted the studio or played along where ever they were.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested Michael Crawford – Memories. This song from the musical Cats. The album – Michael Crawford sings Andrew Lloyd Webber – was released in 1991, UK no 3, Australia no 1. It was named the Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 1992 Ivor Norvello Awards.
Billy Joel – Tell her about it – 1983 UK no 4, USA no 1. Top 10 in five more countries.
Jimmy Cliff – Many rivers to cross – written and recorded by Jimmy in 1969. Only charted in France at no 37. It has since been recoded by numerous artists and featured in a number of films No 325 in the Rolling Stone 500 greatest songs of all time.
Chart this week in
No 2 F.R. David – Words – No 2 UK highest position. No 1 in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, no 12 Australia, USA no 62.
No 5 Tears for Fears – Pale shelter (remix) – no 5 highest position, no 5 Ireland.
No 16 Fun Boy Three – Our lips are sealed. UK no7 , Ireland no 13. Final release by the group. The song is number 477 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time.
Ian Donaldson – I dream to sleep – Ian is the former frontman of H2O. This is a newly released reworking of their UK no 17 in 1983.
Jason Mraz – Best friend – from his 2014 album – Yes! – USA no 2, Netherlands no 1, UK no 18.
Michelle Ward – What a wonderful World. Our very own Michelle will be hosting the Brentwood Coronation Festival in the Park.
Brentwood School Big Band – Star Wars – Hear them playing live at Brentwood’s celebration of the coronation.
Join me next week when we will be hearing about a Coronation challenge.