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The Wanted’s Tom Parker organising charity gig as he battles brain tumour

The Wanted star Tom Parker has announced that he is to host a celebrity packed charity concert as he continues to battle an inoperable brain tumour.

The 32-year-old singer took to social media on Wednesday morning to announce to the star-studded gig to his 213,000 Instagram followers.

Titled Tom Parker: Inside My Head, the concert will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday September 20th and the singer has promised some “truly amazing artists” will be making an appearance on the night.

“You may have heard I’ve been filming a documentary for Channel 4 titled ‘Tom Parker, Inside my Head’,” the singer wrote underneath a poster for the event on Wednesday.

The Wanted singer announced the exciting news on his social media on Wednesday

“Well now I’m very proud to announce ‘Tom Parker, Inside My Head – The Concert’ at The Royal Albert Hall on Monday September 20th.

“I’ve got some truly amazing artists lined up to perform, it’s going to be a very special night.”

Tom then went on to inform his followers on how to get their hands on tickets to the show, which will be hosted by Capital FM hosts Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay.

“Tickets are on sale THIS Friday at 10am,” he revealed.

“The concert is hosted by @Romankemp and @SonnyJay and all proceeds are going to Stand Up To Cancer @su2cuk and The National Brain appeal @brain_appeal to help fund vital research into new treatment for brain tumours in the U.K.”

Tom, who shares two children with his wife Kelsey Hardwick, revealed he is battling an inoperable tumour back in October 2020.

The dad-of-two explained he had been diagnosed with an inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma after suffering from a seizure and was put on the waiting list for an MRI which revealed the sad news.

Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age, but they kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.

Yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours, according to campaigners.

  • In the UK, about 16,000 people are diagnosed each year with a brain tumour – or almost 44 people a day.
  • It is estimated that more than 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour die each year.
  • Less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers.
  • Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia, more women under 35 than breast cancer and more men under 45 than prostate cancer, according to Brain Tumour Research.

At the start of this year, Tom updated his fans on his condition on Instagram, saying that his tumour had been “significantly reduced” and he is continuing his treatment.

As well as the fundraising concert, the pop star will also feature in a new documentary about his condition and how he and his family deal with the heartbreaking diagnosis.

Speaking on a press release listed on the Channel 4 website, the Glad You Came singer talks about wanting to explore the “human aspects of this disease” as well as his determination to raise awareness and money through his upcoming concert.

Tom Parker, wife Kelsey Hardwick and their baby
The singer recently celebrated his third wedding anniversary with wife Kelsey

“Almost a year ago, my world was turned upside down by my diagnosis.

“It’s been an emotional few months for me and my family, but I’m determined to both fight the disease and fight the terrible situation of the chronically low level of research that goes towards finding a cure and treatment for glioblastoma,” he says.

“In this documentary, as well as exploring the medical and human aspects of this disease, I am determined to raise awareness and raise as much money as we can through the concert to help advance crucial cancer research and develop new treatments.”

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