Students at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School have held a ‘jamathon’ to raise money for two cancer charities in memory of friend who died aged just 14.
Their efforts raised £100 for Cancer Research UK and the Callum Pite Smile Charity which provides distraction and experiences for teenagers undergoing treatment for cancer and their families in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
Year 11 student Peter Bristow was a close friend Callum Pite who fought a two-and-a-half year battle with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer but died on New Year’s Day.
The Callum Pite Smile Charity has been set up in memory of Callum.
Peter said: “After his funeral I decided I wanted to raise money for cancer research and Callum’s charity as it was the right thing to do in his memory. I wanted to show his mum Michelle how much Callum meant to me and that I won’t forget him. I’ve never organised anything like this before, it’s out of my comfort zone, but I felt it was something I must do.”
Peter organised a Jamathon in school playing continuously from 8am-2pm. To help Peter keep the music going were Rory Armstrong on drums, Brendan Millard on guitar, Ethan Warnes on bass and two ex Thomas Cowley students, George Davidson and Rory White, both playing guitar.
A total of £100 was raised, £50 going to each charity.
Peter added: “I think it was personally one of the best things I have ever done in my school life, and I can’t thank enough all of the band members who took part and people who donated, I want it to go to good use.”