Book sales benefit future patients

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After beating bowel cancer Bob Todd pulled together a wealth of rare anecdotes for an autobiographical book which has now raised £1,000 for charity.Bob Todd

Written by Brian Smith, “Music is my First Love” tells the story of Bob’s early drumming career including encounters with a range of top musical and comic celebrities such as Sting, Elvis Costello and Jim Davidson. It also features stories of Redcar Jazz Club and unique Middlesbrough Football Club memorabilia.

More than 200 copies were sold and Bob has kindly donated the profits to two services that have had a huge impact on his life – both of which get a mention in the book.

Bob is pictured here handing over £500 to Paul Watkins, manager of South Tees Hospital charity, for the Colorectal (PEC) Patient Education and Comfort Fund, at James Cook to thank the nurses who supported him through his treatment. The remaining £500 is being donated to Aplastic Anaemia Trust as his grandson Steven, now 21, was treated for the rare condition in 2006.

Specialist colorectal nurse Sarah Carroll said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Bob for all his efforts. This money will help fund the running of our Bowel Cancer Support Group which meets four times a year at the Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook”.

Additional copies of the book can be ordered from