Kendal Drummer John Powney’s 48 Hour Drumathon for CancerCare

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

johnpowneyfbbannerA local musician is drumming up support for a local cancer charity that supported him through testicular cancer.

Professional drummer John Powney will be taking on a huge challenge as he attempts to drum for 48 consecutive hours at the Bootleggers Bar in Kendal starting at 5pm on Tuesday May 6th through to 5pm on Thursday 8th May.

John has been drumming for over 20 years and started playing in bands in local pubs when he was just 15. As well as being a professional drummer he  also teaches in local schools and colleges and  offers private tuition.

“Drumming is my life, I love it!” says John.

Having successfully completed his first ever 24 hour Drumathon back in 2012 John has decided to up his challenge this year.

"The 24 hours was exhausting but with the help and support of friends, family and local people I raised over £5,000 for a local service that helped me get through the shock of cancer and the treatment involved.”

“This time I wanted to push myself further and give something back to CancerCare to help anyone who finds themselves in a similar position.”

John was accompanied throughout the 24 hour Drumathon by his best friend and sound engineer Chris Edgar.  Chris is also a local lad and owner of  Balance Pro Audio. 

“It was tough going last time but with the support of the bands, schools and public we both made it through and raised money and awareness for this great charity.  This time we’re out to double the challenge and know that  John and I are going to get more of the same great support”.

CancerCare support local people like John whose lives are affected by cancer as well as their families, carers and anyone who has been bereaved by cancer. They offer a wide range of free professional support services delivered by experienced and qualified staff including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and exercise classes to name but a few.  The charity also offers a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

John was diagnosed with Testicular cancer 6 years ago when he was 31.

“It was a real shock to say the least.  It was a really difficult time for me. I went to CancerCare for professional counselling, which really helped me come to terms with everything.  Having a place to talk with people who really understood what I was going through was so important.”

“That’s why I am doing this Drumathon. I want to give something back to the people who helped me get through it and do something really positive. What better way to do it than to  do something I love for an organisation that helped me when I needed it most”

“The amazing thing about the Drumathon is that it’s not just me playing.  It’s going to be more like a massive jamming session. We’ve already got 30 bands confirmed who will be coming down to join me  and I’m proud to say that some of my students  will be playing with me. They are all really excited to be involved too. It will be a team effort!”

With only a few weeks to go John has been training hard and preparing for the enormous challenge including 12 hour drumming sessions, weight training, and cycling up to 100 miles every week.

“I’m not really worried about the physical side of the challenge – the really hard part will be keeping it together inside my head. It will be tough!”

“What will keep me going will be the support of Chris and the other musicians.  Knowing that they have given up their time to come and support me is amazing and inspiring when I need a boost.  I’m also very lucky to be doing something that I really, really love! I guarantee that I will not finish drumming until the 48 hours are up!”

“So please come down and support me and help raise lots of cash for CancerCare so they can continue the great work they do in helping local people facing cancer. It’s going to be a very special event and one which I doubt I’ll ever repeat!”

John’s 48 Hour Drumathon starts at 5pm on May 6th at Bootleggers Bar on Finkle Street in Kendal. You can follow John’s progress on his Facebook page ‘48 Drumathon’ You can sponsor him at or text 'stix48' plus the amount you want to give to 70070. 



1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. 25 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in North Lancashire and South Lakeland.   CancerCare is a local charity providing support to people affected by cancer, their families, carers and those bereaved by cancer.

All CancerCare services are provided free of charge can only continue to do so as a direct result of fundraising and the generous donations from local people. CancerCare is 95% funded by charitable donations. CancerCare work closely with the NHS but only receive a small amount of funding from them each year.

Sponsors are Macbeth Scott & Co