Two men with a love of house music have joined forced to raise money for Macmillan nurses, after losing a number of family members to cancer.

Paul Dawes, 44, from Bexleyheath but originally from Eltham and Dan Powers, 43, from Essex have lost a total of four family members to the killer disease.

Paul told News Shopper: "My dad died in 2011 on January 25, the day after my birthday, he had lung cancer which devastated us all.

"Billy one of my younger siblings died on May 14 of this year after a gruelling battle with bowel cancer that lasted 9 months."

Paul and Dan met two years ago on a beach in Ibiza and began to meet at various night clubs through their love of house music.

Dan lost his bother, Simon, to Leukemia in 2007 after a two year battle, and in 2011 he lost his mother to breast cancer.

The pair have now travelled to Israel, Egypt to see the Pyramids, Glastonbury and also popped to Knebworth to see Oasis.

So they came up with an idea to put on House Music events and also raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Nurses, the 'unsung heroes and earth angels'.

Dan added: "We spoke for about three hours until we came up with the name Resonate - I think Paul said it during a conversation, and I just said 'that's it! that's the name!"

Paul said: "Dan and I began to reflect on our mutual losses and then became determined to do something to raise money for the unsung heroes, the Macmillan Nurses.

"We are both determined to succeed and the reason why we are doing this is because you get all the care and help you need with the Macmillan team.

"They are incredible at a time when you are at your most vulnerable, they helped my best friend, my brother."

Their first event was held this weekend August 17, and it went so well they are already preparing for their next night of music in November.

On the event, Dan said: "It went better than expected, we had some equipment issues but they were resolved.

"Everyone enjoyed it great crowd music was amazing and we've had so many praise from friends and guests on the night, overwhelmed by the support."

The two raised over £700 from the event, with £5 from every ticket sale going directly to the Macmillan nurses.

Dan said: "Rat Pack's Mark Everson surprised us coming along and drew the raffle me and Paul were humbled and honoured by him coming along to support our event."

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