Boy’s fundraising tribute to teacher

Fundraisers hand over money to Fleetwood Cancer Research. Pictured is Lucas Fletcher, Owen Fletcher and Paul Taylor.
Fundraisers hand over money to Fleetwood Cancer Research. Pictured is Lucas Fletcher, Owen Fletcher and Paul Taylor.

KIND-hearted youngster Lucas Fletcher wanted to help after hearing that his music teacher was suffering from cancer.

The 10-year-old, from Cleveleys, started a fundraising campaign for the Cancer Research charity and Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Sadly, Lucas’ popular guitar teacher, Phil Roberts, did not win his lymph cancer battle and died this year, aged just 49.

But Lucas, supported by parents Ian and Sarah, pressed on with his fundraising plans.

He had originally expected his money-spinning event to be a small scale happening in a church hall, and hoped to raise perhaps a few hundred pounds.

However, his idea snowballed into a huge bash at the Golden Eagle pub, Anchosrholme, which raised a staggering £5,500 in June this year.

Last Friday a presentation was held at the pub on Warren Drive, attended by representatives of Cancer Research and Christie Hospital.

Anchorsholme Primary School pupil Lucas told the Weekly News: “I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I only expected it to be a little event. I just wanted to help Phil – he was a brilliant guitar teacher.”

Dad Ian, 40, of Melbourne Avenue, Anchorsholme, explained: “I was an old friend of Phil’s and I know a lot of people who were in band with him, as well as young bands who were taught by him.

“I asked them in they would be interested in taking part in the fundraiser and they were only too happy to help.

“We managed to get lots of brilliant raffle prizes, like signed shorts from Manchester United and Blackpool and we were so delighted to have raised over £5,000 in just 12 hours.

“It was obviously upsetting that Phil died. he was such a good guy, but this event was our tribute to him, and helped good causes.”

The event in June included performances by teenage band Jeckyl, Phil’s former group Black Pearl, along with Smoking Monkey, Rupert Fabulous, members of Good Machine and Daz Rice from the Blue Pig Orchestra.

There was also a stunning performance from boy soprano Matthew Peel, aged 11, who sang operatic football favourite Nessum Dorme, and Lucas also performed.

Margaret Thompson, of the Fleetwood Cancer Research group who received the cheque on the night, said: “It was a wonderful fundraising effort.”

The presentation included a hand-over of £420 after former Fleetwood man Paul Taylor, now of Cleveleys, organised a boxing night at Fletwood FC. He said: “I wanted to help a good cause.”