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First and special music concert In Newcastle by The Corrs.
[Extrait: No more Cry Acoustic]
Jim: Well we're here in Newcastle. We’re hoping... this is a charity gig that we're doing and we're hoping to raise as much money as we possibly can to be given to the Freeman Hospital with the purpose of building an extension to their research wing to look into rare lung diseases like Cryptogenic Fibrosing Alveolitis.
Sharon: We've always loved the North-East and obviously Newcastle is very very special to us and I think that it is brought to life by a night like this. We're looking forward to this concert tonight, obviously it's quite emotional for us to be back but it's very much worth it for this cause.
Paul Corris: There are around 8 million people suffering from lung disease in the country and that means on average there'll be one person per family with lung disease.
Beverly Wears: Lung disease is actually the second biggest killer in this country, when we include lung cancer as a lung disease which it is of course, it is second only to heart disease.
Sharon: I think a couple of months or maybe not even that long after Mum died, Dr Corris sent us a lovely letter and I think, in the letter, he asked maybe if we could do something in the future. I don't think he quite expected us to do this.
Our mum was diagnosed April, 2 years ago with cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis which is an extremely rare lung disease, and the cryptogenic part of it means that they don't know anything about it basically and they don't know how to cure it, the alveoli in the lungs which is the little air holes in the lungs, scarring happens across those holes, therefore impairs your breathing and unfortunately for Mum the disease hit her at such a violent rate that she was actually only in Newcastle to be assessed for a lung transplant when - and was to due to leave in a number of days - but actually the disease deteriorated so badly that she died within a week.
[Extrait: All the love in the world rehearsals]
Beverly Wears: It was only a week or so after we first found out about the concert that they came back to us and they said that they would really like the British Lung Foundation to make bucket collections at all their UK tour dates.
Off: "Tonight, we are proud to be hosting the Corrs charity concert in aid to the Freeman Hospital, we're be also collectors in on behalf of the British Lung Foundation"
Beverly Wears: All the money that will be raised will actually be directed towards research into fibrosing alveolitis, the type of condition that Jean Corr died of.
[Extrait: Give me reason (live)]
Gerry Corr: I read an article in a newspaper titled "Death of the Irish mammy", you know the Irish mammy is the mother who stayed in the home and gave herself totally to her family. Now, for various reasons, many economic reasons, two people have to work nowadays to pay the mortgage so it's not a proposition, even in Ireland. So, Jean was an Irish mammy. She was number 1 fan, she had me effectively collect newspaper cuttings, I have an attic full of them, and if I missed out one, she gave out to me, she said to me: "What? They were in The Star yesterday, and we didn't get it" so that's what it was like, yeah!
Paul Corris: I sent a letter to them as I often do having or being in the situation where there is a very close family who loses a loving member of that family and sometimes a letter from the physician or the surgeon looking after does make a difference.
Paul Corris: I think it is a very important issue to consider the effect of serious lung disease not simply on the patient himself but also on the members of the close family. Commonly, the family will observe their loved one getting increasingly more disabled in terms of what they can and can't do around the house and moreover, more and more distressed in terms of breathlessness and trying to continue everyday activities of daily living and that has, I think, a huge impact on the members of the family and obviously can be quite a distressing scenario for them.
Sharon: When you gain such a profile, a profile that is lent to you by the public, you can give so much back because you have received such a high profile by the public buying your albums and liking your music. It's an idea that came together a long time ago, it was just a matter of time and when to do it.
[Extrait: only when I sleep (live)]
Andrea: We are really really happy to be able to do this. The people of Newcastle and particularly the people of the Freeman Hospital, the doctors and the nurses who cared for our mother were so good, such good people and really really made it as easy or as nice as it could have been what did happened here last year. But, it's also... We have to keep focused and remember it's a celebration that you are actually able to do something and that there is actually people willing to come out and support this cause to expand on the lung researching unit in the Freeman Hospital.
[Extrait: radio (live)]
Gerry Corr: I didn't want to really, for quite a while, to come to Newcastle because of the association. Professor Corris has invited me back many a time, but I didn't feel I’d be able to, but somehow today, God's help, I was OK.
"On average, one person in every family has a lung condition"
Paul Corris: I think it's extremely important, I think research really is the life blood to the development of new treatments to help those patients of ours with lung disease.
" More than 40.000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.
30.000 die from it annually."
Paul Corris: Research requires laboratory space and space in which to conduct investigations on patients, and but it also requires space, computer space and space to look over results and to discuss results.
"Lung cancer in women has increased by 36% over the last twenty years.
Now, the biggest cancer killer among women."
Paul Corris: This very generous sum will certainly fuel, if you like, other fundraising activities whereby we will develop an increasing facility on this site.
"Breathing should be a pleasure - not a fight for life" Diana, Princess of Wales.
[Extrait: Paddy Mc Carthy (live)]
Caroline: She was an amazing person and a great singer and loved music and just loved what we did and was so supportive and just loved everything that we did in music.
Gerry Corr: She loved music and she loved the centre-stage position so tonight, she's centre-stage so she's smiling up there.
Andrea: On the last album, you know, not initially a memory of it but really more of a cathartic thing, kind of screaming out from the pain, kind of a rebelling a little bit. I think it took us all by surprise that it did become reflective in our music particularly "No more cry", it is about going through it, and it's for Daddy really.
Gerry: I remember Andrea showed me the lyric of it. I had a tough few minutes but in a sense it’s for all of us, Andrea has not only not writing it for herself, she's writing for herself, She's writing for Caroline, Sharon, Jim even though it is mainly targeted towards me, it's about all of us to deal with a very difficult situation.
[Extrait: No more cry (live)]
Gerry: Each of us in own way of dealing with it on a private level, on individual level but collectively we are there for each other all the time. We are survivors, and as I think we are real optimists and Jean herself was an optimist, you have to be.
Paul Corris: Clearly, our plans for here, our dream is that the program of research extends and we are able to employ and attract scientists and clinical scientists of high calibre to work in the North-East and consolidate our position as one of the leading centres for both the treatments of lung disease and research into lung disease. I think over the next ten years there will be a staggering amount of progress made and I think the likelihood is that there'll be more progress made on our understanding of lung disease and the treatment of lung disease than one has seen in the rest of history of medicine.
[Extrait: At your side (live)]
Beverly wears: This opportunity that we've been given by The Corrs is an absolute boon for the charity and lung disease in general. I think just raising away and raising the profile of what we're doing and raising the profile of how many people are actually affected by lung disease and again how disabling it can naturally be.
Jim: We're very very very pleased with the outlook of all this, and would like to call Doctor Paul Corris up here, beside us, we'd like to present him with, this is over one hundred thousand pounds.
Paul Corris: The weeks that followed the concert, we have been inundated with telephone calls from groups, individuals raising money to help research into lung disease here in the North-East.
Beverly Wears: The generosity of everybody was really incredible. You just can't help but being impressed and moved really when it means so much to people and a lot of people who actually came to the concert, who saw our collectors, who gave money, have very personal experiences of lung disease and how devastating it can be.
Jim: Obviously, this has been a pretty big undertaking, I think that we ... and dad, had a way on this occasion to do as much as we possibly could and I'm sure in the future if any opportunity just come up possibly to open the wing if that happens, we'll certainly be... we'd love to provide our services.
[Extrait: So young (live)]
Andrea: Thank you so much Newcastle and good night. God bless you. Thank you!
Sharon: Thank you, good night!
Jim: Thanks a lot !
[Thanks to Gaëlle for her help]
Le 03/05/2007 à 01:08 par coralia