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Roydon pianist returns to roots for memorial concert

Family photo taken last October during a trip to Manchester United ground Old Trafford, with Ryan on the right and father Clive in the middle

Family photo taken last October during a trip to Manchester United ground Old Trafford, with Ryan on the right and father Clive in the middle

An internationally-renowned pianist formerly of Diss High School is performing a concert in North Lopham on May 30 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and in remembrance of his father.

Ryan Lewis, 26, originally from Roydon, hopes to raise money and boost awareness for pancreatic cancer research, following the death of his father Clive, who was well known in the community as a coach at East Harling Football Club for more than 30 years.

Mr Lewis, a music education consultant for ABRSM, said: “My father was a dynamic and active man, always very lively and friendly. As a family, it was hard to go through. To see this fit and active man struggle against this disease was very traumatic.”

Clive, who worked as a gardener, was diagnosed a year ago after contracting jaundice. Despite his illness, he continued to contribute to East Harling FC, before sadly passing away on Christmas Day, aged 61. Mr Lewis was later inspired to organise this event after researching Pancreatic Cancer Action, recently known for its controversial campaign involving 24-year-old cancer patient Kerry Harvey.

The charity acquired 100,000 signatures for its e-petition asking Parliament to discuss awareness for pancreatic cancer, stating that it received just one per cent of research funds despite being the fifth largest cancer killer.

“When I heard about this, I felt compelled to do something,” said Mr Lewis. “This research helps towards increasing survival rates, so it is important to have some sort of debate about it. We don’t want people to bury their heads in the sand and think they can’t help, because they absolutely can.”

The concert will be held at St Nicholas’ Church from 7pm, with tickets available for £6. Those unable to attend but who wish to donate to the charity can visit www.pancreaticcanceraction.org

For further information or tickets, call 01379 687679.

 

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