Russell Watson becomes one of our High Profile Supporters

Friday 9 March 2018

Celebrated classical singer, Russell Watson, having had a brain tumour diagnosis in 2006, uses his upcoming tour to support our strategy

A long-term supporter of the charity and having survived two brain tumours himself, Russell has thrown his 2018 'Canzoni d'Amore tour's weight behind our work.

The tour, throughout March and April, will see collections for funds at many of the venues with Russell galvanizing his fans to get behind the vital awareness and fundraising work we do.

In 2006, doctors discovered a tumour on his pituitary gland, a devastating blow for the singer on the eve of releasing his fifth album.

A year later, a second growth was found that required emergency surgery and extensive radiotherapy.

Russell said: “Being diagnosed with a brain tumour is devastating for those affected and their loved ones.

“I'm honoured to support The Brain Tumour Charity; not only do they provide invaluable support for patients and families at the most difficult of times, they actively raise awareness of symptoms to enable quicker diagnosis, and provide essential funding for pioneering research into treatments of this life-threatening illness."

Now, the 51-year-old dad of two sells out venues and his worldwide acclaim goes from strength to strength. He continues to show incredible resilience in the face of his diagnosis and his determination to raise awareness for us as a High Profile Supporter.

Described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra" he has released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last.

Russell is also a proud supporter of a Preston-based charity, The Katy Holmes Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours and are raising money to fund the research in memory of Katy Holmes, who died in 2012 aged 10, from a DIPG brain tumour.

We would also like to acknowledge our grateful appreciation to Neil Bindemann, who, through his involvement with the Silas Pullen Fund, has been instrumental in enabling the opportunity for the Charity to have a presence at Russell Watson's 'Canzoni D'Amore Tour'.

Back in 2017 Neil persuaded Russell to become a supporter and he kindly made this bandana support video for the Silas Pullen Fund.

Russell has also lent his support to the 'Kentish Connections' fundraising concert for Silas Pullen Fund on the 17th of March, by offering 2 tickets to go into a prize draw for his Bromley concert.

View his website and find out more here