A whole community was shocked to learn Ray Froggatt, who has busked in the town centre for 30 years, has just months to live.
Friends and musicians rallied round to organise a fundraising music day at the Star inMansfield Woodhouse on Sunday.
More than a dozen top local bands took part in the event.
Ray’s friend Alan Walker, who helped to organise the event, said: “Ray was absolutely mobbed with people stuffing donations in his hand.
“He couldn’t believe it. He doesn’t realise what a popular figure he is.”