Concert set up in memory of 13-year-old football talent Aiden Goodwin
PUBLISHED: 10:03 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:12 22 March 2016
Aiden died of cancer in 2013
Tributes to a young Bexley footballer who died of cancer will be made at a concert this weekend.
Aiden Goodwin was just 11-years-old when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, just as he was preparing to train with west London football club Fulham FC.
After bravely fighting the disease for 18-months, Aiden died in November 2013.
Since then his parents, Terry and Michelle Goodwin set up the Aiden Goodwin Foundation, which organises breaks to the seaside for children suffering from cancer.
This weekend the charity will be hosting A Song for Aiden 2, the second annual fundraising concert in Eltham.
As he received treatment, Aiden’s family decided to take a break in a caravan on the coast.
51-year-old Mr Goodwin explained: “It allowed him to get out of the daily grind and give him some respite and some family time.
“In cases like this it’s not only the individual who is suffering but it’s the parents, the siblings.
“Sometimes because we spent so much attention on Aiden we would forget we had two other children.”
Now the foundation is raising money to support families who are trying to come to terms with having a loved one diagnosed with a serious illness.
Terry said: “It gives them respite free of charge. It costs around £1,000 to hire a caravan a week and money is the last thing you want to be worrying about in that kind of a situation.
“Having the charity since he died is a way of keeping his name alive and is has given us something positive to focus on.”
Despite 18 months of chemotherapy and drug trials, the tumour spread through his body, to part of his brain, spine, pelvis and liver.
The father-of-three praised his son’s bravery fighting the illness: “He never moaned, never complained and always had a smile on his face.”
A Song for Aiden 2 is at the Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG this Saturday, March 26.
Performances are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £10 concessions.
To contact the box office call 020 8850 3702 or go online at www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk