Harpist Catrin Finch being treated for breast cancer

The renowned Welsh harpist Catrin Finch has revealed she is being treated for breast cancer.

BBC February 28, 2018

The 37-year-old musician said her condition “has fortunately been caught early” and was treatable.

She issued a statement confirming that she was about to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with grade three breast cancer.

She said she would be cancelling current overseas concert commitments, but wanted to play UK engagements.

The harpist said that while she was cancelling overseas engagements, she remained committed to playing as many UK concerts as she could, including spring dates with Seckou Keita, the kora player and drummer from Senegal.

She added: “It is very important to me to keep playing and my music will no doubt help to give me focus over the coming months.”

“I am currently under the care of the excellent NHS team at Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, who are supporting me as I go through treatment,” she said.

“I know that there are many others out there who will identify with my situation either personally or through the experiences of loved ones.”

Finch said she would be “taking a back seat” from posting on social media for the time being, but would be back “in the near future”.

Steve Coogan’s Caroline Aherne tribute

Last night’s comedy telethon Stand Up to Cancer was full of touching and heartbreaking clips of real people who’ve struggled with or lost loved ones to the disease, but one moment stood out as particularly poignant.

During the broadcast actor and comedian Steve Coogan paid tribute to Caroline Aherne, the creator and star of series including The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family (with co-writer Craig Cash) and narrator of Gogglebox, who died of lung cancer aged 52 just three months ago.
“30 years ago, when I started out in comedy, I met a girl who worked as a secretary for the BBC,” Coogan said in the tribute. “She was sassy, sexy, earthy, kind, smart, sometimes daft.
“She mercilessly took the piss and she made me and our small gang of Manchester friends laugh until they cried. Her name was Caroline Aherne.”

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Caroline Aherne in character as Mrs. Merton with Martin Clunes 1997