Father “astounded” by rugby club’s fund-raising in aid of his son with cancer

Luis Ghaut
Luis Ghaut

The father of a 12-year-old boy suffering from a rare bone cancer said he was “astounded” by the fund-raising efforts by friends at Northampton Old Scouts rugby club.

The club, based in Rushmere Road, is planning three events this summer to increase public awareness of osteosarcoma – a rare cancer suffered by Campion School pupil, 
Luis Ghaut – and to raise money for the charity, Sarcoma UK.

Luis, who has been a member of Old Scouts since he was six years old, was diagnosed with cancer last year and friends of the family at the rugby club are also hoping to raise money to help them out as well.

The three main fund-raising events will be a golf day in May at Collingtree Park, a sponsored abseil down the Northampton lift tower in June, and a charity dinner in July.

Luis’s father, Lee, said: “I’m grateful for everyone who has raised awareness and funds for this awful disease. I have been astounded by their efforts. Luis recently had his last few chemotherapy treatments and it is becoming very difficult for his body to withstand. He’s had a lot thrown at him but we are four weeks away from the finish of treatment now.”

Duncan Geddes, who is helping to organise the Old Scouts’ fund-raising events, said the golf day in May was almost fully booked already.

However, places are still available for the lift tower abseil on June 21. It costs £96.50 for each person and costs can be recovered by sponsorship, with the remainder being donated to the campaign.

Tickets for the charity dinner at Franklin’s Gardens on July 12 are £45 per head and include a three-course dinner, auction, live band and disco.

Support and sponsorship has also been received from local companies, including Technical Foam Services, in Corby, and the JB Pharmatron Group, of Northampton.

For further details of either event, contact Duncan Geddes on 01536 443000 or 07912 631296 or email fund raising@lu15.co.uk

Further details can also be found on www.Lu15.co.uk

Children identified with having osteosarcoma are typically aged between eight and 16 years old.

Most cancer tumours develop in the bones around the knee, either in the thigh bone, shin bone or upper arm bone close to the shoulder. However the cancer can develop in any bone.