Update on Monday, November 30: All is set for a concert tonight at Uckfield Community Technology College which is being organised by students to raise funds for a charity promoting awareness of oesophageal cancer.
Fifteen-year-old Katie Davies is being helped by her friend Kirstie Gladman to put on the concert in aid of a charity that means a lot to Katie because she heard of it after her father died of oesophageal cancer seven months ago.
Our original story on November 25: Members of the public are invited to go along to enjoy Christmas songs while at the same time supporting the charity Ochre.
Katie, who is in Year 11 at UCTC, said her father didn’t have a lot of time to say goodbye therefore his death has affected her greatly.
She said: “This is because oesophageal cancer is so under-researched there is not much we could have done.
“However, I have made a promise to make my dad proud. I have turned all of my sadness and mourning into an ambition to help others who are going through the same thing.
“Ochre promotes the awareness of oseophageal cancer and helps fund a vital piece of equipment to spot the cancer cells early. This could potentially raise life expectancy after diagnosis – up to five years.”
Katie added: “Really, I just want to help other and future generations have a longer time to say goodbye and potentially change the results of oesophageal cancer.
Grateful and happy
“By promoting this concert it will put everyone in such a grateful and happy mood on the last day of November, raise spirits and raise the most money possible to fund this future for oesophageal cancer.”
Katie, who lives in Hailsham, will be taking part in the concert herself by playing Dreaming of a White Christmas on the piano. Other performers, drawn from Years 7-11 at the college will be members of ensembles, sing solos or duets.
All of them will come together for the finale, a performance of the Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas.
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