Pupils raise the roof at annual charity concert

Musicians old and young raised the roof in memory of a former pupil, during their biggest ever concert to support a charity set up in his name.

The annual ‘FishAid’ concert, in memory of the Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust, has collected in excess of £20,000 over the years to support research into osteosarcoma, a rare adolescent bone cancer, which mainly affects young people between the ages of 10 and 24.

Fifteen-year-old Anthony, known to his school pals as ‘Fish’, died a year after receiving his diagnosis in 2001 but LOGS musicians pay tribute every year by supporting the Trust he founded.

“We had some excellent small groups who formed especially for this concert, as well as lots of great solos,” said the head of music Amoret Abis. “Highlights of the evening included solos from some of our older students, Abbie Lawrence in Year 10, Oscar Williams in Year 11 and Beatrice Scott and Jack Bree in Year 13. It was excellent to have so many Year 7 pupils sign up this year and we had more acts than ever before.”

Eyes and ears were on teaching staff Will Ellis, head of geography, and Susana Prada, head of languages – while the school’s own Rock Band, featuring pupils on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, helped bring the concert to a close.

The £550 raised was welcomed by Anthony’s mother Gill Johnston who said it had helped the Trust continue its potentially life-saving work.

“At the beginning of this year, we were able to donate £11,000 to the Bone Cancer Research Trust, which will go towards the cost of providing five surgical centres to collect samples of bone tumours, record and store them and then enter them on a national register for researchers to be able to use them. Primary bone cancer samples have always been difficult for the researchers to get hold of, so this will make it far easier for them to obtain the samples for carrying out their research.

“We are also about to donate at least another £5,000 to BCRT which will go towards a PhD student who will be looking at one of the chemotherapy drugs that Anthony was given, which currently has horrendous side effects. As the drug goes through the whole body it can cause all sorts of damage which could contribute to heart, kidney and hearing problems, not to mention the constant sickness and mouth ulcers. Researchers want to find a way of getting the chemotherapy directly into the tumour without it going through the bloodstream. Once they have found a way to do this they can then find out if it is as, or more, effective than the original treatment.”