Swindon fund-raising pianist Ian James dies of cancer

Ian James at Prospect Hospice, Wiltshire
Image caption Cancer patient Ian James had been selling CDs from his hospice bed

A pianist with cancer who hoped to raise £4,000 for the hospice that was caring for him by selling CDs of his music has died.

Ian James, 56, from Swindon, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in July 2009. He died on Tuesday.

Mr James, who was a patient at Wroughton's Prospect Hospice, had also been due to perform at a charity cabaret evening.

The concert will still take place at Blunsdon House Hotel on Sunday.

Mr James's friend, Theresa Sheridan, said he had impressed staff at the hospice with his determination.

"It is absolutely amazing - the fact that he was selling CDs from his hospital bed.

"It was a focus for him as well. Everybody loved him at the hospice."

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