Irene Toal Tribute Fund

Many of you who are reading this will have lost loved ones or dear friends through cancer. You have my understanding and sympathy.
63% Raised

  • £6,345.00 Donated (Excl Gift Aid)
  • £10,000.00 Goal
  • 109 Donors

About the Fund

I lost my lovely wife Irene to breast cancer in 2011 after a gruelling three year battle she waged with courage, determination and, incredibly, lots of laughter. Irene was not only the ‘love of my life’, she was the bravest person I’ve ever met and was just 48 years old when she passed away.

We had no children and just lived happily in each other’s pockets. So when breast cancer finally stole Irene’s future, it took mine too. I was totally devastated when she died. I just adored her. During her treatment, Irene had nothing but praise for doctors, nurses and staff at Glasgow’s Beatson Cancer Centre amid their daily struggle to arrest the ravages of this terrible disease among a seeming Tsunami of patients. It’s one of the busiest cancer hospitals in the UK. I want to do something to help. As the wife of a semi-professional vocalist, Irene had always urged me to make a recording but I never got around to it. Well finally I have. I’ve enlisted the help of some award winning British jazzmen to back me in singing and swinging the ‘American Songbook’ standards my wife and I loved. “Always In My Heart” is a musical memoir dedicated to my late wife. It’s an album of songs about love; the wistful yearning for it, the unbridled joy of finding it, the day-to-day year-by-year quiet satisfaction of it, and the agony of losing it. All proceeds and royalties from this CD are going to the Beatson Cancer Charity earmarked for patient care to help provide comfort and support to patients and their families attending the cancer centre. I’ve pressed a thousand copies to give away free at jazz gigs such as the one I do every Saturday evening in the Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park as one of the ‘Ben Marcato Four’. I want people to take the CD away, play it, and if they like it, make a donation and leave a message. Hopefully, that’s why you are here. You can also get my CD, Always in My Heart from Beatson Cancer Charity by calling them on 0141 212 0505 and asking for Supporter Care. It can also be sampled and purchased for download from iTunes or Amazon.It is available on Spotify and other platforms. All proceeds and royalties will go to the Beatson Cancer Charity. My memorial is not quite the Taj Mahal but it’s the best I can do. Hopefully you and I together can assist patients battling this awful disease. And maybe something bountiful will spring from Irene’s untimely passing. Thank you for your support. It means a lot. More about Irene can be found by viewing the video via the Memories tab. The CD booklet of liner notes, photos, song titles, and musicians’ biographies can also be downloaded in PDF format via the Memories tab.

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  • Eddie Toal

    19-10-15

    Photos, liner notes, acknowledgements, musicians’ biographies, and a song list, are all in this CD booklet, downloadable in PDF format:

  • Edward Toal

    21-07-15

    Irene a few months before diagnosis, operation, chemo, hair loss etc....

  • Edward Toal

    21-07-15

    Memorial Video

  • McKnight

    01-07-15

    A very worthwhile cause and a great tribute to a great lady.

  • Bruce and Thel

    01-07-15

    Eddie, what a fantastic tribute to Irene. All our love! xxx

  • Karen

    01-07-15

    Deeply moved by your story, Eddie. On behalf of all of us who have lost loved ones to cancer in the past, thank you for wanting to make a difference for the future.

  • Janice Kerrigan

    01-07-15

    Well done Eddie, what a wonderful thing to do. Delighted to help a good cause.Irene would have been so proud, she was one in a million.

  • Dave

    01-07-15

    Great tribute to a lovely lady.

  • Lesley

    01-07-15

    Wonderful music Eddie, what a fantastic thing to do in memory of Irene. I really wish I had known her although you keep her in your heart and I feel as though she is always there with you.

  • Angie and Kenny

    01-07-15

    Eddie Toal, I enjoyed the CD very much. I'am certain Irene would be swooning, she will be so proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    01-07-15

    This is a wonderful cause for a lovely lady

  • Eddie Toal

    23-06-15

    My thanks to Betty McIntosh for a £10 donation at the Lismore in Partick, Glasgow Donation by Eddie Toal on 28/05/15 £10.00

  • Eddie Toal

    23-06-15

    My Thanks to Chris McDonald, Joe McGrath, and Allister Harland who all paid for CDs at Partick Tavern where I was appearing Saturday 30 May with Bobby Deans Big Band

  • Eddie Toal

    23-06-15

    A huge 'Thank You' to all who contributed raffle prizes and to all who attended February's charity big band dance at the Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park. It featured the Dave Anderson Big Band and myself on vocals and raised £3,100 on the night for Irene's tribute fund. Eddie

  • Eddie Toal

    04-06-15

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