A concert that was inspired by the bravery of a teenager and her battle against the brain tumours that would claim her life will return for a second time next week.
Never Forget was originally organised in support of Laura Tierney, known to her friends as Louby, a Norton College pupil who died two years ago after a long fight with illness.
But now another concert is planned at Norton College for one of Louby’s friends, Harvey Pettit, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Clare Fowler, one of the concert organisers, said: “Laura lost her battle before the concert took place but it was decided then that Never Forget would keep running to offer support to others within our community that needed support whilst raising money for charities that affected them personally.
“With children and young adults it is often a way that they can express their feelings and show support for those they care for through being involved in music and entertainment.”
Harvey had been one of the young performers who stood on stage, played his guitar and sang in tribute to Louby.
He has battled leukaemia for many years, recently undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Clare said: “Never Forget wanted to show our support to Harvey and his family by putting on a concert to raise much needed funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. “As a parent I find it so difficult to get my head around my child possibly being poorly for any length of time let alone having to battle such a devastating illness.
“Whilst Harvey should have been able to enjoy his teenage years, he has endured many difficulties due to blood cancer.
“Leukaemia affects many but is something that you and I know very little about, so we are taking to the stage again to raise money so that research can by funded to save more lives like Harvey and many others.”
The Concert, Top Of The Pops Through The Decades, promises to be a fun-filled night of pop music. Aimed at being a relaxed table event, audience members can sit back and enjoy the show while ordering drinks through a bar and table service.
The concert will be held at Norton College on Friday February 28, and Saturday March 1, at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £40 per table or £10 a seat and are available from.positickets.co.uk