Kevfest gig boosts depression sufferers

IN LOVING MEMORY -- Andrew Wilson (left), Mick Dove and wife Jane presenting the cheque for �1,250 to Michael Thelwell (second from right), of the Bipolar Organisation

IN LOVING MEMORY -- Andrew Wilson (left), Mick Dove and wife Jane presenting the cheque for �1,250 to Michael Thelwell (second from right), of the Bipolar Organisation

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AN ENERGETIC night of rock music has raised £1,250 in honour of a Hucknall man who tragically took his own life.

Kevin Dove, of Fircroft Drive, was 41 when he died in 2009 after suffering from severe depression, caused by bipolar disease (manic depressive disorder). He was a guitarist with bands throughout the East Midlands.

An event, known as Baldy Bassman’s Birthday Bash, was previously held to mark his birthday.

But it was decided to rebrand the gig as Kevfest and to raise money for MDF The Bipolar Organisation.

Bands who performed at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall included Enraged, Axis Mundy, Exhibit A, Chap7ter and Midlife Crisis.

The band BH/MD, made up of students from Derrymount Special School in Arnold and Bracken Hill School in Kirkby, included Kevin’s son, Andrew Wilson (17), who suffers from autism and is a student at Derrymount.

This year’s gig was arranged by Kevin’s brother, Mick Dove, and friend Malcolm Bradbury, who took time off from work in Australia to be there.