What        began as a one-off        rock concert and charity event in Shildon Civic Hall, Ronington_posterCounty        Durham, is now in        its third year.

Ronington,        an annual nine-hour        rock concert, is organised by musician Russ Tippins in memory of        his friend        Ronnie Patchett, from Ferryhill.

It  raises money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and has proved so popular that Russ and Shildon Civic Hall manager, Paul Watson, are putting the event on again in February.

Russ        says: “We first        put on Ronington to mark the first anniversary of losing Ronnie        to cancer.  It was a        great celebration of him and the        music he loved.  It was        such a success        that we’re now organising our third.

“Ronnie        loved live        music and I can’t think of a better way to remember him than        through a        concert.

“We’ve        already raised almost         £8,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and that’s something        everyone        involved is very proud of.”

Not        for the        fainthearted, the marathon rock gig features 10 bands, beginning        at 3pm and ending        at midnight.  Once again,        it is a mix of        popular up and coming acts and well known names on the regional        rock circuit and        playing a raucous mix of original material and cover versions.

This        year, the bands        are Bon Jovi Forever, The Karma Heart, The Last Fakers, Damaged        Inc (tribute to        Metallica), The Russ Tippins Electric Band, The Dirty South,        Blackjack,        American Girl, Tin Pan Alley and The Flying V’s.

Ronnie        Patchett, from Ferryhill,        worked for the Coal Board for many years and died from bowel        cancer aged just        54.  He was diagnosed in        November 2009        and was given the opportunity to trial a new drug at the Sir        Bobby Robson        Cancer Trials Research Centre.

As        well as being a great        fan of live music Ronnie also enjoyed spending time outdoors and        was very        active in his local community, becoming a school governor as        well as a Councillor        for Ferryhill and later for the Borough of Sedgefield.

Ronnie’s        wife of 34 years, Sue, and        children Amy and Marc will all be attending Ronington III and it        is always a        special night for the family.

Sue        says: “This concert is such a nice        thing to be involved in and I know Ronnie would be blown away by        the idea.  It’s been        really successful over the last two        years and we’ve had so many people asking us if we’re going to        be doing it        again.

“Russ        puts in so much time to pull        things together.  We try        to support him        as best we can but really it’s his hard work that makes the        event what it        is.  We’re looking        forward to it.”

Sir        Bobby and Lady Elsie        launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 to help find        more effective        ways to detect and treat cancer – including the clinical trials        of new drugs.

This        year, thanks to        tremendous ongoing support, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has        been able to        fund an Imaging Flow Cytometer for £438,000, which allows        scientists to see        cancer cells that may be circulating in a patient’s blood.

It        has also part-funded        the complementary therapy programme, which provides relief from        the symptoms of        cancer and its treatment for patients at the Northern Centre for        Cancer Care        and jointly funded a cancer patient ambulance.

Early        next year, thanks        to the Foundation’s largest funding contribution to date,         £850,000, the latest        generation in stereotactic radiotherapy surgery will become        available to cancer        patients from across the North East and Cumbria.  It will be used to treat        tumours which are        currently inoperable and delivers extremely high doses of        radiation with        pin-point accuracy.

Ronington        III is on        Saturday 22nd February at Shildon Civic Hall.          Tickets cost £10 and are available now from the venue,        and online at         www.ronington.co.uk.