Last month Gladstone Brookes chose to support a local cancer charity in the memory of a young star who was close to one of our members of staff.
Just before Christmas musician Corbyn Johnson lost his fight against an aggressive cancer. He was just 18.
A cheque for £1080 was presented to members of Corbyn’s family at a special fund-raising event at which Olivia Archbold, sister of Omega manager Kelly Archbold, sang a song she had written for Corbyn who she had performed with many times.
The Gladstone Brookes donation will be going to The Young Oncology Unit at Manchester’s Christie Hospital who have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 yea
They treat more than 40,000 patients each year and were the first UK hospital to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre. Based in Manchester, with radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford, they are a national specialist hospital, treating 25% of patients from around the country.rs and are the largest cancer centre in Europe.
The Johnson family were so pleased with the contribution that they wrote a letter of thanks to the staff:
“A few weeks ago you were asked to support Corbyn’s Fund for the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie in Manchester. Corbyn was our beautiful eldest son. He was 18 and on a day in September 2012 we were told by a consultant that Corbyn had cancer.
“In three seconds our lives changed forever. Corbyn was a strong, fit, good looking boy who had bags of charisma, cared for others deeply and was an incredible guitarist. He’d just finished his ‘A’ levels and, despite not being well throughout 2012, he continued working two jobs, studying for his exams and playing his guitar constantly at home, in bars, at recording studios, wherever he could…he was never apart from his guitar for long..! We stayed with Corbs day and night for thirteen weeks and held his hand when he took his last breath…
“Kelly’s sister, Olivia, knew and sang many times with Corbs while he played in his usual passionate way, always with a smile on his face. She wrote a beautiful song for Corbs. She is a fantastic singer!!
“You donated so much money and it was quite overwhelming when Kelly presented the cheque at our fundraiser.
“Many of you will not be much older than Corbyn or have young children of your own. You should be proud of your donations, which will make a difference to teenagers and their families who are thrown into an unknown world, in the time it takes to order a drink.
“Thank you to each and everyone of you, for your Directors, managers and through all the teams…sparing a few moments to think of others and contribute is a great thing to do in our lives which often are so busy. You can’t imagine how hard life is for us, which is a good thing for each of you……..