A BEWDLEY saxophonist is organising a charity pop concert to raise funds for the hospital that saved his life.

Musician and chef John Knox, 66, will thank the Cardiology Unit at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton – where he received lifesaving open heart surgery and dedicated care last year – by holding a concert fundraiser.

The pop and rock show will take place at the Mercure hotel in Bewdley on October 5, and will feature a 14-piece band (including John himself) with vocalists and a six-piece string section performing well-loved tunes spanning from the 60’s to the 90’s.

The concert will be directed by John’s son-in-law Phil Mountford, and his musical children and grandchildren are also helping to organise the event.

John underwent open heart surgery last December at the Wolverhampton hospital to replace his Aortic Valve.

John said: “Without the care and dedication of the staff at New Cross Hospital, I don’t believe I would be here today.

I am very thankful for the time donated by so many professional musicians to allow me to show my gratitude to the hospital.”

Tickets for the concert cost £10 and are available on the door, or by contacting 07815 030 533.

Doors for the concert open at 7.30pm.