A fantastic new musical endeavour is coming together in Reading. 

Raze the Roof was launched by Mike Bostock, band member and recent cancer survivor, to raise essential funds for Reading’s Royal Berkshire Charity, specifically to benefit the Berkshire Cancer Centre.

A series of exciting musical performances from local acts will start on April 26 in the Minster and will run until December 14 with the aim to raise £50,000 for essential equipment chosen by the RBH surgical team.

Mr Bostock said "Sad but true, the stats say that one out of two people will get cancer in their lifetime.

"But the chances of survival are getting better every year. It’s a constant battle and the NHS needs our help to fight it."

"The Royal Berks Hospital is an incredible place, staffed with expert people at the forefront of cancer treatment and Reading is a town awash with musical talent!

"So we thought, hey, why not organise a series of concerts to raise money to buy essential equipment for the cancer Unit? So we have!"

Mr Bostock's treatment was successful thanks to a dedicated Royal Berkshire Hospital oncologist and surgery team.

Despite still receiving chemo treatment he has been joined by a team of musicians, venue owners, members of the Reading business community, Reading Borough Council and Reading University to turn his idea of Raze the roof into a reality. 

Mr Bostock said "There are many distinct and proud cultures within Reading and we hope to showcase the music of as many of these as we can.

"The program consists of musical events in and around Reading, all featuring Reading and Berkshire performers."

The First event will be held at the Reading Minster on April 26 and features Ma Bessie and the Pigfoot Band, The Barberettes, Limpopo Groove and Dream Sellers.

Every donation received for Raze the Roof goes directly towards supporting vital research, treatment and care for cancer patients in the Reading community.

"By joining the program as a performer, helper or audience member," Mr Bostock said. "You’re not just contributing financially, but you’re also offering hope and comfort to those battling cancer.

"Together, we, the people of Reading, can make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by this disease, ensuring they receive the best possible care and support during their journey."

Raze the Roof is officially launching on March 27 at the Purple Turtle. 

Tickets are free from their website where people can also donate to the cause and apply to be a musical performer.