Very early on in the process of writing HALO it was decided that some of the proceeds from the book would be donated to charity.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.
They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word “cancer”.
The Teenage Cancer Trust has the following mission:
- It brings young people together so they can be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in the best place for them.
- It educates young people about cancer and works with health professionals to develop their knowledge so to improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.
- It funds research and works with partners, government and organisations both nationally and internationally, to improve survival rates.
As part of its fundraising activities the Teenage Cancer Trust puts on a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall each year to raise awareness and money.
Depeche took part in the February 2010 collection, introduced by The Who legend, Roger Daltrey.
The performance was notable for not only being a great gig (it was the first time the band had played at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the UK’s iconic music venues) but it also saw the brief return of Alan Wilder to the stage with Depeche for the first time in 16 years.
Alan played piano as Martin Gore sang Somebody for one of the encores. The wonderful old venue literally shook when Martin introduced Alan on-stage.
The author was lucky enough to be at what many later suggested was probably one of Depeche’s most memorable nights (on leaving the gig he sent a text to a friend who was meant to come along but sadly had to be in the US: “f**king hell – alan wilder came and played Somebody!!!!!!!! amazing night :)”.
You can feel the reaction of the crowd here: