BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter Beverley Craven has announced she has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time. Following the diagnosis last month, the singer has recently undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance. She will undergo a 5-month course of chemotherapy in December.
Beverley is due to go on tour with Woman to Woman this November alongside Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke. Today she reassured fans that the near sell-out tour this November will go ahead.
The second leg of the tour which was due to take place in March 2019 has been moved to June to allow Beverley time to recover from her chemotherapy. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows.
In a heartfelt message to her fans Beverley said:
"First of all, I want to reassure everyone who has bought tickets for Woman To Woman 2018 that I will be fit and fully recovered in time for our tour this year. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with breast cancer (for a second time) one month ago and have since undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance. When the tour finishes in early December I will start a 5-month course of chemotherapy in an effort to severely diminish the chances of the cancer spreading further.
I will forever be indebted to Jules, Judie, Lee Noble and John Eaden for their unbelievable selflessness and support during these last few very difficult weeks. Their insistence that my health must come before our W2W tour - a project that we’ve all worked ridiculously hard to put together over the past year - has made me feel very cared for and valued as a friend, a colleague and as an artist. I am hugely grateful to be surrounded by such kind and considerate human beings.
My girls Mollie, Brenna and Connie have been looking after me at home…cooking, cleaning, dog walking, bed making, clothes washing, food shopping, giving me the best hugs in the world and telling me several times a day how much they love me. I feel truly blessed and very lucky to have such caring and devoted daughters.
To all the people who have helped and are continuing to help me overcome and cope with this brutal and terrifying disease I would like to express my deepest and sincerest thanks: my breast surgeon Giles Cunnick, my partner Mike Ede, my best friends Kate Cormican, Sally Brown, Karen Mason and Nettie Stevenson and my beloved sister Kathy for showing me the light. You have all given me courage in my darkest moments and the strength to beat this.
The girls (Judie & Julia) and I are more determined than ever to make our Woman To Woman tour especially memorable for everyone. It’s at times like this that you recognise the important things in life…doing what we all love for the people who love what we do!”
Beverley, Julia and Judie have developed a powerful bond in a very short space of time. The Woman to Woman project has let each artist grow and develop creatively with mutual support and friendship. Debut Singles for the album ‘Safe’ and ‘If’ now hold an even more powerful poignancy.