Exmouth musicians raise funds for brave Lucas Thomson
By Keyboardman | Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 08:30
EXMOUTH'S MUSICIANS have raised more than £1,000 for brave Lucas Thomson, the five-year-old who is undergoing treatment for a rare cancer...
Exmouth music lovers Liz and Ian Thomson (right), received the £1,100 cheque to help their grandson from (left to right) Aaron Aldred (sound engineer on the night), Richie Evans (event organizer) and Oliver Bainbridge (The Grapevine landlord)
Yesterday (Monday 24 October), Lucas's grandparents – who have for many years supported and encouraged the town's music community – were presented with a cheque for £1,100. The money was raised earlier this month when six local bands appeared at a special charity gig at The Grapevine, Victoria Road, Exmouth.
Lucas has Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that required an operation in France, followed by chemotherapy. Although the NHS paid for the operation, there were many associated costs – such as travel, accommodation and ambulance fees – that couldn't be met by Lucas's family. That's where Exmouth's musicians stepped in to help out.
"The charity gig came together by chance," said Ian Thomson, Lucas's grandfather. "Originally we were going to hold a garage sale to raise funds for Lucas, but then local musician Jeff Lewis got to hear about it, and the next thing we knew it had become a charity evening at The Grapevine."
"It was very well organised," said Liz Thomson, Lucas's grandmother. "We didn't have to do anything and it ran very smoothly. The money that was raised has really helped Lucas to have his operation."
Lucas – who had his operation a few weeks ago – is doing well and is shortly to undergo a further round of chemotherapy.
"He's already back at school," says Liz. "He bruises easily, which we've been told is normal. And the chemotherapy course means that he hasn't got much hair – he's calling it his holiday haircut!"
The charity event at The Grapevine included performances by Souled, Adam Sweet, the Chicken Slacks, Sam Green, the Walk Hards and the Maguires. Additional contributions were made by artist Michael Buckland, photographer Edd King, Ben Waring from Safeguard Security, Hands-on Health and The Grapevine.