Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Brighton-Based Tennis Lover Serves An Ace In The Battle Against Cancer

Ten years ago, tennis lover Barry Fulcher thought his sporting days were over. Treatment for testicular cancer left him a shadow of his former physical self and he was bed-ridden, in acute pain and was told he would never play tennis again.

But, thanks to treatment, plus his determination not to let cancer change him, he is now back coaching and playing at international level. 

And this Wednesday (1st August 2018) he is running a fundraising tennis festival in Brighton, with some amazing sporting prizes.

The event, called British Tennis Battles The Big C, at Preston Lawn Tennis Club on Preston Drove, includes a Davis Cup-style doubles fest, featuring Davis Cup stars, a Wimbledon champion and a host of former and current British tennis pros.

Auction prizes include ATP men"s world tour tickets, a chance to play at Wimbledon with Barry Cowan, a round of golf with Billy McManus and directors box experience at Old Trafford.

Proceeds from the evening will go to Cancer Research UK and the Sussex Cancer Fund.

Barry, 38, who lives in Prestonville, Brighton, is captain of the Great Britain under-35 squad and last year was ranked second in the world in that age group. 

"After I was diagnosed, there were dark and challenging days, watching my body disintegrate as the cocktail of chemotherapy, anti-sickness drugs and steroids kicked in.

"I had only been married four weeks and my life was plunged into turmoil. A precautionary check-up led to me having an urgent, radical orchidectomy – removal of the testicle. 

"The surgery coincided with my 28th birthday. There was worse news too – the cancer had already spread."

In the middle of treatment, Barry also had to give the best man's speech at his brother's wedding, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Barry's brother said:"I and many others in the room broke down in tears at the sight of this skinny, depleted, balding, fatigued version of Barry trying to deliver a speech."

However, with the support of his wife Suzie, and other family and friends, he got through the treatment and fought his way back to recovery. 

"Since then, I've been blessed with two beautiful daughters - Isla and Marnie, who are now eight and four respectively. They have joined Callum, 21, and Louis, 18, in our family. 

"Like many, I have had a few scares over the past ten years, most recently last year, which can bring all sorts of emotions flooding back. 

"But I consider myself a cancer survivor - one of the fortunate ones who fought and overcame The Big C!

"I never wanted cancer to shape me but equally, I never want to forget the perspective it brought and the lessons it taught me." 

Barry said the tennis festival was a guaranteed day of fun and entertainment.

"Whether you play the sport, enjoy watching it or just want to contribute to a great cause. We"ll have some of Britain"s top talent on display, so please come down and enjoy."

by: Mike Cobley


Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 
Pic by Andy Sturmey

Prior to announcing the release of his new album, Coup de Grace, Miles Kane teamed up with Muse singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy, Nine Inch Nails guitarist Ilan Rubin, and Zutons drummer Sean Payne to sing in Beatles tribute band named Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band.
(c) Kenny McCracken 2018

When monsters are loose in a darkening world, we need monsters of our own to fight back …

Whether it's a festival, a movement or a rebellion, the countdown is in full swing. Byline Festival, held at Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, is less than two weeks away. 

Make way for protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, folk singer, socialist and social commentator Grace Petrie.
Pic by Andy Sturmey

It's official: Brighton & Hove Pride 2018 weekend was the biggest ever. Four hundred and fifty thousand people visited the city across the weekend, including those who flocked to its beaches to take advantage of the good weather.

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton, are a producing partner for Brighton Digital Festival and have announced a curated season brimming with digital art, gigs, installations and a day of critical reflection..
Credit: Tony Tree

A new development will launch at Charleston, in East Sussex, this September, with the inaugural exhibition Orlando at the present time, which will present a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf's renowned novel Orlando: A Biography

A blind professional footballer, the first woman to skydive from Mount Everest and one of the country's leading TV News broadcasters have been unveiled as the first speakers at this year's TEDxBrighton.
Credit: James O'Mara

Look Now is the first album Elvis Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of Momofuku, and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost.

This September the 'sophisticated and stylish popsters' All Saints will play an intimate gig in Brighton, on behalf of Nordoff Robbins, the UK's largest independent music therapy charity.
Credit Andrew Stuart

Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl says: “Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.

The Brighton-based Martin Fisher Foundation has launched their Making HIV-Stigma History campaign. 
Credit Terry Applin

Multi-award-winning musician Rag'n'Bone Man has joined forces with local charity AudioActive to help support young grassroots talent in Sussex.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd