Supporting Joey through cancer

Supporting Joey through cancer

The Irish World received the following details from Joseph Doran’s mum, about how brave her son is in dealing with his Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Joseph is 18, 7/1/97. He is the eldest of three. Himself, Katie (16) and James (12).

He played violin from the age of 7 and got to Grade six, also playing at Irish sessions with me. At 16 he took up the guitar for the first time and then informed me ” I could stick the violin…” he’d found his instrument!

Within a year he was singing and playing infront of friends. Everyone was astounded by the detail of what he was playing and asked how/where he had learnt it. He said ” I watched Ed Sheeran videos”.

Eds music had caught his imagination. By the second year of picking it up he was gigging with a loop pedal and was nicknamed at “Ed” at college.

Supporting Joey through cancer - Nicknamed Ed after Ed Sheeran
Joseph was nicknamed ‘Ed’ at college after Ed Sheeran

His aspirations are to record and write some great music. He is studying at the University of West London Ealing, a 3 year degree in Live Sound Production (music technology).

He just got his place and decided to continue with the course despite being told he has cancer and would be going through harsh chemotherapy and possible radiotherapy. He is staying on campus and coming home when he has chemo.

Joseph has Hodgkins Lymphoma. He took the news bravely and with very dark humor got us all laughing through the first few weeks.. He had a big mop of hair, which he loved! But after only 3 weeks into his chemo he made the decision it had to come off as the shower was blocked and there was little rolls of hair like tumbleweed appearing everywhere. In true Joe style, he had us laughing by giving us the choice of seeing him with a few stupid styles before finally shaving it of completely.

When the local community heard the news everyone rallied to support us. They think highly of Joseph because he has always supported the schools where he and his siblings have gone by volunteering doing concerts and being DJ for their events.

Supporting Joey through cancer The Craic heads to play
Local band The Craicheads will play at St Josephs social club

There is a fundraiser night for him on the 21st November 7pm til 2am is being held at St Josephs social club, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0RJ. The money raised is to help him with uni costs as he can’t work with his low immune system and to also give him the opportunity to do something really special at the end of the treatment.

The Tickets are £10 with Concessions for students and OAPs
The Craicheads a local band are supporting the event and the Mc Nicholas School of Irish Dancing are performing as well. Joe himself will play some Ed Sheeran and his own music.
Tickets are on sale at Buckleys Pub Streatfield Road, Kingsbury
Delaneys Pub, Kenton Road, Kenton
Life of Riley, Belmont Circle, Stanmore
Tickets can also be reserved on the following number 07804766636

The Facebook Page is

Supporting Joey Through Cancer


UPDATE: 23rd Nov

Joey was delighted to receive the guitar of his music idol Ed Sheeran at his fundraiser.

A musician himself, Joey is studying a three year course in Live Sound Production so his friends and family organised a fundraising night to help with his university costs as he cannot work due to his low immune system.

An auction held on the night at St Joseph’s Social Club in Wembley was a great success, and music was provided by The Craicheads and Joey himself.

His mum Heather would like to give a big thanks to all who have helped or donated and supported Joey. Photos: Lucia Butler


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