Kettering schoolboy’s musical tribute to aunt

Victoria Dale, Jessica Pilkington, Harry Chadwick, David Chadwick and Polly and Sam Bownass from Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Victoria Dale, Jessica Pilkington, Harry Chadwick, David Chadwick and Polly and Sam Bownass from Cynthia Spencer Hospice

A teenager diagnosed with cancer last Boxing Day has raised nearly £3,000 for a hospice in memory of his aunt, who died in there just a few weeks before he became sick himself.

Harry Chadwick, 16, who goes to Isebrook School in Kettering, spent the first few months of 2014 in Leicester Royal Infirmary and, after months of treatment, he is now well and back at school.

His aunt, Jasmine Pilkington, passed away at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton on December 5, last year, after a month of care at the hospice.

Harry’s mum Jessica Pilkington said: “Harry loves music and has a fantastic voice and his teaching assistant Clare wanted to make one of his wishes come true so she arranged for Harry to record three of his favourite songs at a Northampton studio.

“Everyone who has heard the CD has been really moved by Harry’s strength and love of life, and we have had incredible support from family and friends who have rallied round to buy CDs and donate.

“Harry and his sister Polly loved their aunt and miss her hugely so, despite the cruel twist of fate that saw Harry battling a different type of the same disease, this fundraising has given them both a focus this year and is a fitting tribute to Jasmine.

“Staff and students at Isebrook School have been incredible, visiting Harry in the hospital in January, sending him video messages to his bedside, arranging for Harry to have a little home schooling when he first left hospital.

“A special thank you to teaching assistant Clare Dowsett, who arranged for Harry to visit a recording studio and helped him learn all the words and prep Harry for the big day – one of the highlights of our year and, as it turned out, a fabulous fundraiser for an important cause.”

The family would also like to thank their friend Victoria Dale, who raised more than £900 by running the Amsterdam Marathon.