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Donations follow Wilson's death
Anthony Wilson
Anthony Wilson was an influential figure in the "Madchester" scene
Donations are pouring into the Christie Hospital in Manchester, in memory of music mogul Tony Wilson, who was treated there for kidney cancer.

The 57-year-old died at the hospital a week ago from a heart attack.

Around 1,800 has been sent from fans, friends and family along with 1,000 from a London-based record company.

Wilson founded Factory Records, the label which launched New Order and the Happy Mondays, and set up the city's famous Hacienda nightclub.

A spokesman for the hospital at Withington, said: "Everyone at the Christie is genuinely touched that members of the public are choosing to leave money in this generous and very spontaneous way.

"We have already had numerous donations from people who knew and loved him.

"He was an inspirational character for the city of Manchester and local people. He was warm, witty, kind and extremely nice to deal with.

Christie Hospital in Greater Manchester - copyright VT Freeze Frame
Donations in memory of Tony Wilson are pouring in to Christie's

"Any donations made in Tony's memory will provide a lasting benefit to cancer patients, which we are sure he would be very proud of."

Wilson had praised his care by staff at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Christie.

After emergency surgery to remove a kidney, he had chemotherapy which was not successful and local health bosses refused to give him a new drug, called Sutent, on the NHS.

His friends from the music industry paid 3,500 a month for him to be treated with the drug privately, but he fronted a campaign to make it available for everyone who needs it in Greater Manchester.

The organisation behind the 1,000 donation asked not to be named but a spokesman said: "He was a personal and professional advocate of Manchester.

"We have been tremendously touched by his death and wanted to mark that with a donation to help his fellow cancer sufferers."

Tributes have poured in for Wilson from politicians, music and broadcast legends and flowers have been laid at the site of the Hacienda.

His funeral, which is an invitation-only service, will be held at St Mary's RC Church in Manchester on Monday.


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