People across the region organise events as Gary Marshall from Ilfracombe bids to raise money for treatment in America.

GENEROUS people from across North Devon and beyond continue to do their bit Ilfracombe cancer sufferer Gary Marshall, with a packed programme of fund raising events in the month ahead.

After Gary was diagnosed with a brain tumour and given less than a year to live, he and wife Michele vowed to beat the disease and launched a campaign to raise money for him to undergo alternative treatment in America.

Friends, family and as many complete strangers have rallied around the couple and organised fund raising nights, collections and sponsored events to try and ensure he gets that treatment.

The total now stands at almost £9,500, but there is still a long way to go.

This Saturday (May 4), there is a Charity Gig at the George Hotel in Braunton, with live music plus raffle, which includes a host of prizes donated by businesses in the village.

Then on Friday, May 10 The Seahorse pub in Ilfracombe hosts more live music with bands Such and Vincent, The Eclypse, Daniel Adam and Psylum, plus a raffle.

On Saturday, May 11 there is another quadruple bill in the town, this time at Buddy’s Live Lounge, with Julian Langer, Samantha Chalkey, Wilderland and Falling Apart.

Musicians continue to rally around, including Gary’s daughter Melissa, who is in the Ilfracombe band Digital Natives and part of a third event that weekend, at The chill Bar on Sunday, May 12, joined by Karen Marie Yates, Half a dogleg, Tom Guest and Steve Ley.

Off the stage, Ilfracombe fire fighters have arranged a charity football match against Ilfracombe Town on Saturday, May 11, with kick off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Jamie Stone and David Stratford plan to complete the Two Moors Walk from Ivybridge to Lynmouth over three days on the weekend of May 25-27.

Find out more about Gary and Michele’s story and how you can make a donation, by going to www.garysjourney.net