Fundraiser in tribute to dad’s cancer battle

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A charity concert is to be held in Boston in tribute to a father-of-three from the town and his brave and determined fight against cancer.

Richard Laight was told last month – after three months’ remission – his lung cancer had returned and there was no further treatment available.

The 55-year-old had been diagnosed with the disease in October and has already undergone a gruelling bout of chemotherapy in a bid to tackle it; any more treatment would kill him, he was told.

Despite this, Richard is remaining positive and, indeed, at the end of this month will be part of a team playing 72 holes of golf in one day for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It will merely be the latest fundraiser with which Richard has been involved since his diagnosis; at the end of last year he organised a charity calender featuring ‘silly selfies’ of friends and family.

“You have got two choices,” he said of how he has responded to his diagnosis. “You can sit down and be miserable – that’s not for me – or you accept what you have got and crack on and do the best you can.”

On Tuesday, at 7.30pm, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre will play host to A Concert For Richard.

Organised by friends of Richard, it will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and Blackfriars itself, an institution with which Richard has been involved since the Sixties. Tickets are priced at £5.

It will feature songs from across Richard’s 18 years with the BOS Musical Theatre Group. About 50 people are set to be involved in the concert.

Richard has found further support in the golf fundraiser, due to take place on June 24.

At the time of writing, donations at www.justgiv
ing.com/fundraising/Rich
ard-Laight totalled £1,320 – smashing his £1,000 target. In addition, a Crowdfunding page (crowdfunding.justgiv
ing.com/RichardLaight) has attracted pledges of £1,000 to help send Richard and his family for a weekend away.

Of the support, Richard said: “It’s very humbling what people do for you. I can’t thank people enough.”