A musical note of thanks for brain surgery

Quentin Rawlings says brain surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital gave him a new lease of life after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The expertise of medics and nursing staff has returned limited mobility - and is allowing him to carry on as a folk musician.

And he is showing his gratitude by organising a benefit concert in Sheffield next Thursday (November 28) in aid of charity Neurocare, which raise funds for research and equipment for the neurocare theatres at the Royal Hallamshire.

“It was a massive relief to find I had got my life back and I wanted to give something back,” said Quentin, who lives in Highfield Place, off London Road.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1997 when he was 35.

The condition is progressive and incurable, but in his case it is now being held back to a large extent as a result of new brain surgery, called Deep Brain Stimulation.

“The quality of the care and the technology involved in the procedure were impressive,” said Quentin. “I felt lucky to be in Sheffield.

“Before I couldn’t move around or go out and was confined to bed 14 hours a day. Now I am getting much improved mobility.

“I am just so grateful for the nursing staff on L and N floors, they were excellent. The standard of clinical practice and nursing care was quite different to what you so often hear about on the news.”

“The surgery was a success, and I realise that the equipment and research that enabled my new lease of life is expensive, and so are many of the instruments used in neurological treatments.”

So a benefit concert is being arranged at the Harland Cafe in John Street, off Bramall Lane, from 7pm. On an acoustic and roots bill next Thursday will be Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and Backyard Buskers and Bay Whitaker.

Backyard Buskers includes Jane Foggin, who plays banjo and sings, and who is also in a duo, Rescue Dogg, with Quentin, who plays guitar and sings. The duo intends to resume playing soon.

He has been a semi-professional musician since the age of 16, more serious since he was 25. “I didn’t stop trying to play the guitar because of the Parkinson’s disease but it had a hideous effect. Now I have regain some of my fluidity.”

Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) are available at Harland cafe and www.wegottickets.com.

Neurocare has launched a £100×100 campaign in November, looking for 100 donations of £100.

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