Concert will be ‘fitting tribute’ for husband

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A special Valentine’s Day concert will be an emotional affair for its Peterborough organiser as she seeks a ‘fitting tribute’ for her hugely supportive husband.

Nickie and John Kenning had spent months preparing a charity recital to raise funds for desperate children in the Philippines before John passed away last December from deep vein thrombosis.

However, 20 years since setting up her own charity called Bahay ng Pag-asa (House of Hope) Nickie is determined to put on a fine event in memory of her husband and to raise much needed money.

Nickie and John, from Carradale in Orton Brimbles, had been married for nearly 46 years having first met when Nickie’s mother invited John to Christmas dinner.

Nickie said: “John was a gentle giant. He was the kindest of men and supported me without question, even when I was away from home for a long time.

“This was the last thing he organised. It’s going to be really hard without him, but I want to do it in his memory.”

Nickie began helping at the children’s home in 1995 and helped to convict a woman who had been abusing some of the children.

One beneficiary of her devoted service is an eight-year-old girl called Bullet who was three days from death by malnutrition when discovered and is now, a decade on, set to graduate from high school.

Saturday’s recital features a sonata of the work of composer César Franck.

Performers include violinist Vivien Chasey, a former member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and pianist Robin Bowman, former head of academic and vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The event, which is free entry, is from 6-7.30pm at St John’s Church, Church Street.

For more information on the charity and to donate visit