Fundraising gig at Elland Cricket Club in memory of much-loved Ali Bray

Friends and family of Ali Bray
Friends and family of Ali Bray

The family and friends of father-of-two Ali Bray are holding a special fundraising gig at Elland Cricket Club in his memory on Friday.

Ali, who lived in Elland, died of cancer in January, aged 54, leaving his wife Christine and two children Mick and Chess.

Ali was a loving husband, a proud dad, had a close family and was a friend to many. Ali was also an ex-Royal Marine Commando who served during the Falklands conflict.

Ali adopted the name Cancer Commando during his battle with cancer and wore a t-shirt with the Royal Marines logo on and the words #CancerCommando on it. This gave him strength on the darkest of days.

His family and friends have already raised £3,000 with a Cancer Commando Challenge at Total Warrior, Leeds, which saw a group of 32 people take part in the Total Warrior Challenge at Bramham Park on Saturday, June 23.

Everyone battled gallantly around the 12k course which included 25 punishing obstacles with 100 tons of mud, 10 tons of ice, trenches and swamps.

Now Ali’s family and friends are hosting a fundraising gig at Elland Cricket Club on Friday.

Tim Ingram, one of the group of Ali’s friends and family, said: “Ali loved Friday nights out and live rock music. This is why we are combining both and hosting a fundraising gig in his memory. The gig will feature three rock and indie bands, which were Ali’s personal favourites and the band members are his friends too, which will make this fundraising night extra special.”

Opening the evening’s entertainment is ‘Mange2’ – an acoustic duo performing timeless classics and modern day rock hits. Next up is a band called ‘Into The Blue’ – a rock covers band performing classics from T-Rex, Bowie, FREE, ZZ-Top, Rolling Stones through to Nirvana.

Headline slot goes to indie rock giants ‘Bravado Cartel’ – often described as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll riot.

Gig tickets are nearly sold out but there may be a few tickets left online.

E-Tickets are £10 each (+£1 booking fee) with all proceeds going to the two charities. Visit https://www.wegottickets.com/event/438195.

There will also be a fundraising auction and raffle on the night.

The group is aiming to reach £10,000 in donations. To donate visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cancercommando.