In October we remembered the creative Ian Baldwin, whose birthday was celebrated by centre staff, volunteers and even thespians and rock ‘n’ rollers throughout Cheltenham and beyond.
Ian was not only a very talented stage director, author, actor and musician but more importantly, he was a fantastic all round guy who’s legacy lives on in more ways than one. Ian was a much loved centre visitor at Maggie’s Cheltenham, who always made us smile with his charisma and gentle nature.
In memory of Ian, his theatre group, Caamora Theatre Company presented a production of The Kings Ransome to raise money for Maggie’s Cheltenham, who were very important to Ian prior to his passing. This production raised £2,500 which was split equally with another charity.
Even though Ian is no longer with us, his legacy is being felt and shared buy others outside of Maggie’s too. His band mates ‘The Joliet Blues Band’are supporting local youth football team Abbeymead Rovers U9s Leopards with a new football kit proudly adorning our Maggie’s logo on the chest.
The support doesn’t stop there either. In Ian’s memory, The Joliet Blues Band are hosting a Maggie’s Dinner Dance which takes place on Friday 30th November at the Doubletree by Hilton, Cheltenham. A black tie event including champagne reception, three course meal and tea/coffee will bring the music made famous by The Blues Brothers and a lot of style and glamour! Tickets are now available.
I’m sure you’ll agree, Ian’s legacy lives on and his capacity to give so much joy to others continues to grow through friends, colleagues and strangers honouring his work.
A very big warm thank you to Ian and all his family, friends and colleagues.