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Crawley gig raises £4,600 for girl with leukaemia

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Some £4,600 was raised at a charity gig to help an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed with cancer.

Eighteen acts played in Goffs Park Social Club, in Old Horsham Road, on Sunday (May 4).

The money will go towards adapting Amiee Dean’s family home in Bewbush after she was diagnosed with leukaemia in February 2014.

Amiee, who went to the gig with her mother, Samantha Dean, 33, and sister, Stephanie, 8, will undergo treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for two years. The medication will suppress her immune system and leave her vulnerable to infection.

She said: “I’m quite scared because I don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s so many different phases of the treatment.”

Amiee thanked her mother and the many people who had helped her since she became ill.

Samantha, a single-parent, gave up her job as a dental nurse to look after Amiee full time.

She said Amiee, who attended Ifield Community College, will be home-tutored during her treatment.

Samantha said: “It’s really hard. At first I was numb, it was too much to take in but I had to.

“It [the fundraiser] is going to help with our everyday life.

“I’d like to thank everybody - friends, family, strangers that weren’t friends that now are, the whole community have been absolutely amazing. It restores your faith in human kindness.”

She planned to mark the end of the treatment with a family holiday.

Michael Jones, 32, of Bewbush, and Ian Pearce, 50, of Three Bridges, members of Crawley band Shotgun 21, organised the event after Ciaran Barron, 16, asked Mike if he could help the family.

Ciaran, a volunteer at Bewbush Youth Centre which Amiee went to, was stage manager for the gig.

Mike’s mother survived cervical cancer when he was a teenager.

He said: “As soon as anyone says something about cancer I want to get involved, other people seem to want to do the same.”

Crawley bands offered their services after he put the word out on social media.

Mike said: “People know when there’s something we are putting on there’s a reason for it.

“It’s gone viral really.

“It’s something we are going to look to do again in the future, the musicians really got behind it.

“Everyone’s said what can we do.”

Mike said some £4,600 was raised for the cause.

Hundreds of tickets sold out for the event. The sales generated more than £1,000.

Goffs Park Social Club hosted the gig free of charge.

Ian said: “This town’s got a community spirit and we want to keep that going.

“We got messages from people who couldn’t make it telling us to keep the money and resell their tickets.”

Kelly Martin, 35, owner of Revive Hair and Beauty, in West Green, had her hair shaved off during the show and raised more than £2,500.

She also donated a voucher worth £104 at her salon for a raffle which was held at the event.

Kelly said she wanted to show her ten-year-old daughter Connie that appearances were not all-important.

Connie and her brother George, 8, cried and “turned their backs” on their mother after she had her long hair cut off.

For more on Amiee’s progress visit https://www.facebook.com/Amieesjourney2014

 

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