A Sunderland singer-songwriter has announced her first performance after she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.
Faye Fantarrow, 20, was diagnosed with a non-curative glioma tumour in August. She is now trying to raise £450,000 to enable her to take part in a “revolutionary” medical trial in California which is not currently available in the United Kingdom.
Faye, who was named as a BBC Introducing in the North East top tip in 2022, will return to the stage in January with a host of friends from the Sunderland music scene who have been a “massive support”. Acts confirmed so far include Field Music, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Tom A Smith, Reali T, Komparrison, Nadedja, while Faye herself will be performing.
There are more acts expected to be announced, but for now Faye can’t wait to get back to doing what she loves. She said: “It feels like it’s been a long time coming and it’s lovely to finally have that date in the calendar not only for me personally, but also in the public sphere so people know I’m working back towards something and I’ll be coming back to the music scene as soon as I can.”
All proceeds from standard ticket sales and additional donations will go towards the Fight For Faye fundraising appeal, which at the time of writing stands at £197,368 pledged from more than 5,500 supporters, 43% of the overall target. Fight for Faye has so far garnered support from Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, whose record label Faye is signed to; Annie Lennox; and Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.
On the support she has received, Faye added: “To be honest, I just feel really loved and supported by everybody in the community. And it’s not just the community, there are also complete strangers who are not only donating money but leaving messages of encouragement.
“I’ll hopefully be able to pay forward how supported and loved I feel and show just how grateful I am for that at the gig.”
Faye Fantarrow and Friends with the Great Northern All Star Band will take place at the Fire Station in Sunderland on Friday January 27 2023. For more information and to get tickets, click here.
If you would like to donate to Faye’s JustGiving page, you can do so here.