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Joy Division bassist supports Chalfonts charity to tune of thousands  

 Published on: 11th March 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Chalfont St Peter charity is set to benefit to tune of thousands of pounds after Joy Division bassist, Peter Hook, auctioned his memorabilia.

Epilepsy Society, based at the Chalfont Centre, was chosen by Hook, who also performed for New Order, as he aimed to raise money in memory of former bandmate and singer Ian Curtis.

Curtis has epilepsy and Hook, who is popularly known as Hooky, donated items such as an original and fully signed Ideal for Living EP on Enigma Label which sold for £11,800 and his first guitar which also sold for £11,000.

The Chalfont St Peter charity was chosen as Mr Curtis suffered with the condition before he sadly died in 1980, shortly before the band was due to set off on a tour of the United States.

Other charities set to benefit from the event include C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably) which is aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the largest cancer treatment centres of its type in Europe.

Mr Hook said: “It is a pleasure to continue to raise money for epilepsy. It is very close to me and it is important to be able to give something back. Ian was a wonderful man and was very good at looking after you.

“On many occasions I’ve had to look after him when he was having a seizure. It was puzzling and frightening to watch someone you love go through that.

“His biggest mistake was that he didn’t want you to worry about him.”

Clare Pelham, chief executive at the Epilepsy Society, said: “Peter Hook’s generosity is a tribute to his friendship with Ian Curtis.

“We all need friends. But people with epilepsy need good friends more than most; for support, for understanding and sometimes, for care.

“Ian’s struggle with his epilepsy and his accompanying anxiety and depression are well-documented and the importance of good friends at a time like that cannot be underestimated.

“Peter’s continued commitment to his friend after nearly 40 years by this generous gift, will mean that we will be able to offer emotional support, as well as practical information, to more people with epilepsy when they need it.

“Their friendship will have a living legacy in the happier and more fulfilled lives of people with epilepsy benefitting from this support.”

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