Simon Wood was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary idea. A gentle giant, a quiet and shy man but with a heart of gold. One of his great passions in life, other than good food and excellent wine, was choral singing and he made many friends through this in both the UK and in countries across Europe whilst on singing holidays and the like.
When he was first diagnosed with cancer some years back and received excellent treatment for it, he wanted to give something back to the medical world and decided that research into this awful disease was the most appropriate way. He selected Cancer Research UK as the vehicle to do this. Not content with just making a personal donation to CRUK, he wanted to find a way of raising thousands of pounds for it.
The idea evolved into Requiem To Cancer, an endurance feat where amateur singers would rehearse and sing 4 requiem masses and one specially commissioned life-affirming anthem over a period of 24 hours. Two such events have taken place so far, in 2016 & 2018, raising more than £60,000 between them for Cancer Research UK. An amazing achievement. See www.requiemtocancer.org for further details.
Another event is being planned for 2020 and will be dedicated to Simon. In the meantime, however, if you would like to make a donation here to CRUK in memory of this lovely man, then that would be greatly appreciated.