Wednesday 30th January 2019

 

Teenage Cancer Trust came together with the original cast of the iconic British film, Quadrophenia, to celebrate its 40th anniversary by raising funds in support of young people with cancer.   

Guests at the fabulous birthday bash included Sting, Phil Daniels, Phil Davis, Leslie Ash, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird, plus Quadrophenia director Franc Roddam, who were treated to a special performance from Joseph Doran.

Joseph, 21, is a musician from Harrow who was treated for Hodgkin lymphoma on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at UCLH. Joseph was 18 when he was diagnosed after he felt unwell while on a music trip to Austria. He was originally treated on a regular ward before moving onto our unit:

When my cancer returned, I was moved to UCLH to be on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit. I didn’t feel so alienated as everyone was my own age. It was a much better environment to be in.  I’m a musician and they have loads of instruments there, so I was able to do some jamming. I really enjoyed that, and it was a good distraction. 

"I’m working as a musician now and perform gigs as an Ed Sheeran tribute act," said Joseph. "Writing music helped me cope with what I was going through." Joseph previously performed one of his original songs at our Find Your Sense of Tumour showcase in November 2018.  

Joseph performed ‘The Real Me’, written by Pete Townsend for The Who's 1973 full-scale rock opera, Quadrophenia. Speaking about how he felt after his performance, Joseph said:

It was quite surreal seeing faces in real life that I had only previously seen in magazines or on TV. Having the opportunity to perform to such an iconic crowd was amazing. Sting gave me a handshake afterwards and I got a hug from Pete Townsend on stage which was great.

Phil Daniels, who played Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, said, "I’m absolutely thrilled to attend An Evening with Quadrophenia, the film was such a big part of my life. and for it to be celebrated 40 years on and raise money for such an incredible charity makes the anniversary even more special."

I got the opportunity to hear first-hand from an inspirational young man called Joseph who Teenage Cancer Trust supported, it really highlighted the important work the charity do to support young people with cancer and their families up and down the country.

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

The performance from Joseph was a particular highlight for me this evening. Music plays such an important in young peoples' lives and is part of the DNA of Teenage Cancer Trust. I’m happy he allowed us to share his story and was able to showcase his extraordinary talent to some of the world’s greatest performers this evening.