Monday, 20 June 2011

Buskers on bikes press release

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Just six months ago, seven strangers met for the first time to plot the magical, musical adventure of a lifetime: to cycle the length of the country, stopping only to pull their instruments from the back of a van and busk for their lives – and for Cancer Research UK.

Last October, Warren Howard, 35 – who, like many in the group, hadn’t approached a bike in anger since his teens – decided to merge his hankering for the open road with his love of music and raise a pot-load of money in the process. Busking Cancer – a musical project launched by Cancer Research with the beautifully gung-ho premise of belting out songs for donations – seemed like the perfect cause. A plea for like-minded recruits went out on the internet – and Buskers on Bikes was born.

On 25 July, Warren, Dom, Jonny, Neil, Dave, Dan and Brian will be setting off from Land’s End with a rambunctious repertoire of rock’n’roll, rockabilly, soul and pop classics, ending their tour 18 days later in John O’Groats. Along the way they will be delighting crowds with impromptu performances as well as performing at planned gigs, too, in which local musicians will join them to knock out a few numbers – and support Cancer Research in the process.

Warren said: “It’s going to be an unforgettable experience – and undoubtedly pretty gruelling, too. The fundraising target is a heady £15,000 – but I’m sure that Buskers on Bikes have the legs, the lungs and the heart to achieve it..!”

Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager Felicity Jones, said: “We can’t thank Buskers on Bikes enough for their support. Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.”

For further information or to enquire about forthcoming gigs visit or call Cancer Research UK 020 7358 9008.


For further media information, interviews and images, please contact:

Felicity Jones, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK on, 07771 772 321

Warren Howard 07876 684838;


About Cancer Research UK

• Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.

• The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public.

• Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last thirty years.

• Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,800 scientists, doctors and nurses.

• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit

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