Levenshulme cancer survivor takes on new battle – to raise money for those who helped save his life

By Sam Taylor

A Levenshulme teacher who recently won his battle over cancer is organising a charity art auction for the third year running and is calling for donations.

 Darren Nicoll, 42, was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago.

He was given the all clear last year and now wants to raise money, as part of the 2012 Levenshulme Festival, for those who helped him after the success of two previous auctions.

“Macmillan really looked after me when I was diagnosed,” Mr Nicoll said. “I wanted to do it again this year, it’s become something of an annual fixture.”

The auction, which will take place October 26, sells artwork generously donated from established and local artists to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research.

“People have been really generous,” he added. “Clint Boon is doing a special canvas for this year’s show.

“The auction will also feature some great local artists who have been extremely supportive and generous once again.”

Caite McBride, a friend of Mr Nicoll’s, who is also appealing for people to donate artwork, said: “The auction is getting bigger and bigger each year.” 

She added: “We are still looking for donations in order to raise more money and make it bigger and better than the previous year.”

The auction is taking place at the Klondyke Club in Levenshulme as part of this year’s annual Levenshulme Festival. It is set to start at 7:30pm before celebrity DJs perform until the early hours of the morning.

If you are interested in making a donation to the auction, simply contact Mr Nicoll via email: [email protected] or on facebook or twitter @westpointdaz

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