Young Rupert Beckett sadly lost his fight with his ‘crocodile’ in January. The Stottesdon youngster and former Castlefields Primary pupil had suffered with the rare cancer neuroblastoma, which he called his crocodile, and with which he had battled for three years. He had been due to go for treatment in a specialist unit in Barcelona.
Former WW! editor Sally Themans and Lucy Key, who organised last year’s West End event to raise money for Rupert’s treatment, were just two of the community members who talked about the town’s strength of feeling for the spirited six year old. Lucy says, “It was so sad to hear the tragic news that Rupert had lost his brave battle with neuroblastoma. How incredible that the community united in the way they did. I am sure Sarah, Ed and all of Rupert’s family will take some comfort from that. It was a privilege to sing for such a worthy cause and we were all so moved that Rupert attended the concert. We were so touched by Rupert’s story that we intend to continue to raise money in his name.”
Sally adds, “Rupert’s situation galvanised so many in the Bridgnorth community and beyond to do something. The coming together of West End stars and 185 local singers was a special evening which I hope will help Rupert live on in our memories for a very long time.”
Money raised, which is currently around £250,000, will go towards charities that help children with cancer.