Founding member of the legendary Reggae band UB40 Brian Travers is hoping to raise £360,000 for charity following his recent recovery from surgery to remove two brain tumours.
With more treatment to follow Brian said: ‘I've had a great life with no regrets and have absolutely nothing to add to a bucket list except getting over this and getting back to the thing I love, playing music to anyone who wants to listen and expressing myself through painting and sculpture.’
Not being able to perform in UB40’s 40th-anniversary tour was a blow, but Brian has been touched by the messages of support and outpouring of love from fans as he throws himself into a busy schedule of local and national television interviews thanking people for, ‘the opportunity to "live the dream".'
There are a range of exciting events from Concerts to Golf Days being held to support Brian and the Brain Tumour Trust in their quest to purchase another laser machine via his fundraising. Also available are charity T-shirts proudly displaying ‘Hope is Everything', an incredibly poignant message which appropriately sums up Brian's recent journey.
Brian was instrumental in the launch of Dragon Art with his reputation for vibrant and moving abstract pieces such as For the Many bringing in the largest crowd of art lovers the luxury Kempinski Hotel has seen for an exhibition, and there is no doubt that his latest work ‘Sketches of Spain' will attract enormous attention.
Sketches of Spain is a vibrant, flowing piece, titled in recognition of the Miles Davis album which captures the determined elegance of a flamenco dancer and with Brian only releasing 20 pieces they are set to become highly sought after.
As well as the Brain Tumour Trust, Brain is also supporting The Giles’ Trust which was set up by England cricketer Ashley Giles, and his wife Stine, after she was twice treated for brain tumours. The Giles’ Trust funds research and equipment and has helped to put the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) on the cutting edge of brain tumour research.
Dragon Art Ambassador Brian has announced that he will be holding a fundraising lunch, on 12 July at Malmaison Hotel in Birmingham to raise money for The Giles’ Trust. Cathryn Worth, Fundraising Manager for QEHB Charity, said: "It is wonderful that Brian is raising money for The Giles' Trust. We are all looking forward to his fundraising lunch, which will be a great chance to hear about Brian's life and music, and his love of art." Tickets for this event are £50 per person and includes a three-course lunch, a welcome drink and an after-lunch chat with Brian, including a Q&A led by Graham Young. Tickets for the event can be purchased here and to keep up with the great work, Brian is doing or to see more of his stunning art head over to Dragon Art now.