Rock fans are urged to join fight against pain condition at Chester gig


Sam Torr

A POLITICIAN is reminding constituents of the different ways they can back a huge local effort to raise funds for treatment against a painful condition.

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant is reminding rock fans to say “rock off” to fibromyalgia by attending the Rock Off Fibro gig that is taking place at Chester’s Live Rooms on Saturday, April 1.

He is also letting people who can’t make the event know they can still help out by buying a raffle ticket.

Organiser David Williams, of Connah’s Quay, has been disappointed by the lack of sales of the tickets, especially as prizes include a signed Everton FC squad football, match tickets for Chester FC, and a meal for two at Nandos. 

David, 49, has organised Rock Off Fibro because his wife Jackie, 47, suffers with the painful and incurable condition.

Jackie, formerly a long-distance runner, fell ill with fibromyalgia four years ago and was diagnosed a year later.

It is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body and in Jackie’s case the pain is so crippling that she is rarely out of bed.

Jackie is hopeful that high concentration oxygen therapy sessions in the hyperbaric chamber at the Neurotherapy Centre in Saltney will help and the couple want the treatment to be available to as many local people affected by fibromyalgia as possible.

Rock Off Fibro will feature performances by The Alarm’s Dave Sharp, Koosie Jones, The Danse Society, Expelaires, Headsticks and Kneel.

There will be an auction on the night featuring top prizes including a signed, stage-used guitar donated by Big Country, handpainted artwork signed by Dave Sharp, a T-shirt autographed by musician John Lydon – also known as Johnny Rotten – and several signed CDs and sports items.

“Since our first meeting Carl Sargeant has helped with publicity and put me in touch with an auction house specialising in music and sport memorabilia who have given me reserve prices for the top items,” said David.

“I am still very keen to get a sponsor having tried so many local companies. I so want this to be successful for both Deeside and Chester. People really do need help with this condition and I will keep going until it happens.”

Mr Sargeant said: “David has worked so hard on this project, not just to help his wife Jackie, but to help sufferers across the area – which is a very caring thing to do.

“He’s had support from bands and companies across the UK – but he still needs a bit more support from Flintshire and Chester.

“A local company to sponsor the event, and local people to buy raffle tickets. Please consider helping if you can.”

Raffle tickets can be bought at the Connah’s Quay Town Council office on Fron Road, The Neurotherapy Centre at River Lane in Saltney, and Chester outlets The Commercial Hotel and The Rainforest shop, Watergate Row, for £1 each.

Tickets for Rock Off Fibro are £10 and are available from 

David would love to hear from any companies who wish to sponsor the gig to help it become an annual event. He can be contacted on 01244 818108. 

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