Terminally ill Ipswich man set to DJ at popular bar as he ticks dream off bucket list
PUBLISHED: 18:59 12 August 2019 | UPDATED: 13:34 13 August 2019
After being told by doctors to “expect the worst”, Karl Butler has been completing his epic bucket list.
The 38-year-old from Ipswich, who is at the end stage of heart failure, has already enjoyed the Latitude Festival, been to a Wimbledon tennis match and saw Manchester United defeat Chelsea at Old Trafford.
But now he is set to tick another item off the list closer to home when he DJs to partygoers at Revolution in Ipswich.
On Thursday, August 29 Karl will take to the decks and play a few hours of music, which is one of his many passions.
There will be collection buckets on the night to help Karl raise money for his chosen organisations, all while helping him live out his dream of playing at a live venue.
Karl said: "I'm really excited about it and I can't wait to meet new people as this could be an opportunity to make some new friends."
Karl was born with a serious heart condition, undergoing a number of major surgeries on his heart and defying the odds to get to where he is today.
He was not initially expected to live beyond six months of age and spent his childhood having operations.
But doctors have now told him that he will only receive palliative care in the future.
After hearing the news, Karl decided to start a bucket list for all the things he wants to accomplish in his lifetime.
"This list is helping me stay positive so that I can continue to enjoy my life, regardless of what happens," said Karl, who has just been given an award by NHS England for his "tireless efforts helping others".
Karl, who has been working as a disability advisor for the last 18 months, was also awarded the Matthew Percy award from IO radio at their annual awards for his volunteering work.
He added: "Now I know it's the end it is really scary, but the list is giving me something to focus on."
This weekend, Karl ventured up to Old Trafford where he watched his favourite club Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 - this was number one on his bucket list of goals he wants to complete.
He also received a signed shirt from all of the players and said it was a "brilliant experience".
His fundraising page has now reached more than £1,500 of its £3,500 target - and Karl has decided to add some new dreams to his exciting bucket list.
These include watching an England rugby game, attending a cricket game, meeting a celebrity, going on a cruise, having a shopping experience in London, a hot air balloon and helicopter ride, and a London New Year experience.
Here is what Karl has completed off his bucket list so far:
Watch a Manchester United game at Old Trafford and meet the team - COMPLETED
Visit Edinburgh Castle
Ride in a Ferrari
Ride in an Aston Martin - COMPLETED
Ride on the London Eye
To go to a gig at the O2 Greenwich
Watch an International team at Wembley Stadium
Go to Latitude Festival - COMPLETED
Watch a match at Wimbledon - COMPLETED
Record himself playing drums at a professional recording studio - COMPLETED
Organise an art exhibition with his work
Organise a game of walking football - COMPLETED
Have a chance to DJ professionally at a club or bar
Visit the West End
Trip to Italy
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