Carlisle has united as a community, to help finance treatment for a two-year-old boy, Stan. Stanley’s cancer-T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – had returned for a third time, and after the family were told there was nothing that could be done, have taken the decision to take him abroad for treatment.
In as little as two weeks, the Cumbria community have pulled together, and have so far raised over £250,000 to send Stan to Singapore for a potentially life-saving treatment.
Several of the local entertainment industry, have united, to help Stan, led by Glenn Anderson, a key player in outside festivals for the country and Cumbria. The group have organised a live stream concert for Stan, which will take place on Saturday 11 July from 7.30pm, on Facebook live and You Tube (the You Tube link will be populated on the Save our Stan campaign on Facebook the day before).
There will be a showcase of local artists including; Lisa Glendining, Jemma Bell, Miss Pearl, High Dynamics, Mandi Leanord, Courtney O’Neil, Sh boom! (Ian Binstead and Mark Graham), Liam Moorhouse and Stevie D.
There will be some support messages from some amazing artists, including Stavros Flatly!
The main acts so far include: Jenny Ball, Sarah O’Conner, Lizzie Bea ,Blake Partick Moore, Christopher Maloney, John Robyns, Collabro and one special guest who’s name will be released nearer the time.
Glenn Anderson said “We heard of Stan’s plight, and we couldn’t sit by and watch. With covid 19, our entertainment businesses have been hit hard; our talented local and national artists were keen to help out. We have a very heart-felt show, for all ages, and we want everyone to enjoy it, as well as raising money for Stan and awareness too, that our industry is still wanting to entertain people. A massive thank you to everyone who has helped, we really do appreciate it.”
Gill Forster-Spratt, who is the Communications and Events Officer at the University of Cumbria, on furlough leave said “Glenn and I have worked on several events together in the past, and I was delighted when he got in touch to ask for help. I can’t imagine what the family and friends of Stan are going through, but if this little bit of support for him and the community helps, then I am honoured to be part of it.”
Georgia Brecken, Stan’s Mum said: “It’s been awful. Absolutely devastating, but I cannot thank people enough for their kindness and support, we are so very grateful. My thanks go to Glenn, the artists and the people who have helped, to make Songs for Stan a possibility, we are all really looking forward to the show”.
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