Manchester Evening News
Bette Midler fan with terminal cancer appeals for singer to get in touch to help complete her bucket list
14:21, 1 OCT 2015
BY ALEXANDRA RUCKI
A Bette Midler fan who has just months to live is appealing for the singer to get in touch to help complete her bucket list.
Tracey Mills, 49, of Mossley, was diagnosed with a brain tumour seven years ago and has been battling the disease ever since.
She has since been told by medics the cancer is now terminal and she has just months to live.
The former dental nurse struggles with her memory due to the cancer and finds great comfort in listening to Bette Midler’s music every day.
It was Tracey’s life long dream to see her idol perform live and she was delighted when she managed to get tickets to the Bette Midler show at Manchester Arena in July this year.
But unfortunately Tracey was too sick to attend and was forced to sell her tickets.
Tracey, who used to play the trombone in brass bands, was able to sneak in for the last ten minutes but was devastated she missed the full show.
She is now planning to host a Bette Middler themed evening to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as a gesture to say thank you for their care.
The evening will be taking place next month at her favourite restaurant Chutney Masala, in Manchester Road, Mossley.
She is now appealing for the legendary performer to send a special message or an autograph which she can auction at the charity evening.
Volunteers are stitching pink plastic outfits to be worn at the event and there will also be karaoke, a charity auction and other entertainment.
Tracey said it would make her day if the icon got in touch after she missed the arena tour.
Sylvia Dobinson, Tracey’s partner of four years, said: “Bette Midler’s music is the one thing that keeps Tracey going. She adores Bette.”
It comes after Bette got in touch with a fan whose prized ukele was stolen outside the Manchester Arena after her show, which contained the singer’s autograph.
Dean Miller, who performs in Manchester as drag queen Lucy Lush, appealed to the M.E.N for help in locating the ukulele.
Bette sent a personal tweet to the M.E.N newsdesk and invited Dean to her show at the 02 Arena, as well as promising she would give him a replacement ukulele.
The charity evening will be taking place at Chutney Masala on a date in October.