When popular and well-respected businessman, Matt Conrad, was diagnosed with an aggressive grade 4 brain cancer, his thoughts turned selflessly to how he could support other local families living with the disease.

Matt, who owns The Orange Rooms in Southampton and is a driving force in organising Oktoberfest Southampton, is supporting Wessex Cancer Trust at every Oktoberfest Southampton session on 25th and 26th October. Our team of volunteers will be there to collect donations from over 5,000 visitors as they experience one of the world's most famous Bavarian festivals.  

Heidi Rehman, our Community Engagement Manager for Hampshire, said Oktoberfest's support will make a big difference to local people living with cancer:

Oktoberfest is a highlight in Southampton's calendar and a wonderful way to bring people together. That sense of community is one we share, because we're dedicated to giving anyone living with cancer a local place to go so they can get free emotional and practical support when they most need it. Cancer affects so many of us so we're thrilled to be working with Oktoberfest Southampton to raise awareness of the importance of supporting people through their cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Together we will be able to help even more.

Matt said:

I know I'm always going to have cancer and it's part of my life. While I was in hospital I was treated every day by an incredible team of consultants, surgeons and nurses, and so many others. That got me thinking. What can I do to help?

Matt has set up a fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oktoberfest-southampton

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