FUNDRAISING events are set to take place to pay tribute to the co-founder of Llandudno Jazz Festival.

Edward Burke - known as Ed to friends and family - died on Monday, January 14 aged 44 after a battle with brain tumours and was cared for at St David’s Hospice.

Ahead of the returning festival, at Bodafon Farm from Saturday, July 27, a special early-bird charity concert A Gig For Big Ed in aid of the hospice takes place on Thursday, July 25, with a 185 mile cycle set to take place on the following day by old Eirias High school friend Chris Williams of Colwyn Bay.

Ed’s brother Tom Burke, who is also taking part in a Hospice China Challenge said: “Ed was a co-organiser and founder with our dad Geoff and Neil Yates. Ed was a tireless go to guy for any issues and a very helpful, friendly recognisable character.

“I hope the money raised will support St David’s to continue to giving people the level of care and dignity in terrible times, that they gave Ed.”

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Sarah Oschlag will perform at the special event

The evening, takes place at Tiffany Café Bar in Llandudno on the evening before the main three day jazz festival. It will see performances from Sara Oschlag, Neil Yates, Tony Kofi, Dan Shepard, Dean Masser, Andy MacKenzie, Gaz Hughes and more.

Mr Williams' , aged 45 who date has clocked 120miles in his longest cycle, cycle from Caernarfon to Chepstow will take him on a well-established route going through areas such as Bala, Newtown, Abergavenny and Usk.

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Chris Williams will cycle 185 miles from Caernarfon to Chepstow on behalf of Ed Burke

His aim is to then return back to the North cycling 80miles the following day and another 105 miles on the Sunday. It will take grit and stamina as the furthest Chris has ridden is 120miles.

Mr Williams, an army reservist, said: “Ed and I were friends for more than thirty years since secondary school and he was a great man.

“St David’s Hospice gave Ed and many others dignified and vital end of life care.

“The Hospice is vital in the community and I hope the funds and awareness I raise, helps them continue to give the care they offer.”

To donate to Mr William's fundraiser,

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Tickets for A Gig For Big Ed are £6.50, available on the door or by

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