Charity concert plan in memory of Callum

Callum Pite and pet dog Max. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG221111-130TW
Callum Pite and pet dog Max. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG221111-130TW
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A charity music concert is being organised in memory of a courageous teenager who passed away from cancer on New Year’s Day.

Shock-Fest at Pinchbeck Village Hall on March 9 is a tribute for Callum Pite (14) who fought a two-and-a-half year battle with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

Callum, who went to the Sir John Gleed School, underwent treatment at Peterborough City Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, but died on January 1.

He was remembered by family and friends during a celebration service at Gedney three weeks ago and now a concert is being put together featuring local bands, Kamikaze Hotshot, Smokescreen, Gypsy Heart and Flawless Victory and Welsh group Defy All Reason.

Organiser Andy Turner said: “Callum’s death has hit us quite hard and we thought of a concert to honour him and raise money for charity.

“I pulled in two of my bands, Kamikaze Hotshot and Defy All Reason, but then we publicised the concert on Facebook and the other three bands asked to play as well.

“We’ve had a lot of interest and we hope to invite Callum’s family and the headteacher of the Gleed School.”

Proceeds from the concert, which costs £5 on the door, will be shared between children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and a memorial garden for Callum at the school.

His family paid tribute to the avid footballer and passionate Liverpool supporter.

In a statement, Callum’s mother Michelle, father Simon and brother William said: “Callum was a quiet, sensitive, caring lad from a young age and loved helping his childminder amuse the younger children.

“He was loved greatly by his parents, grandparents, family and friends, enjoyed life to the full and just got on with everything that came his way.

“Callum always considered others and his stock answer was ‘I’m always fine,’ before asking others ‘How are you?’

“He went to Pinchbeck East Primary School where he joined many sports clubs and captained the football team, before going on to the Gleed School.

“Callum has been described in the many messages received from his friends as inspirational, a hero, courageous, a great lad, amazing, strong, happy and always smiling.

“These messages have been a comfort and we would like to thank everyone for their support, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital for the care Callum received and our friends for helping us through many difficult moments.”

Janet Daniels, headteacher of Sir John Gleed School, said: “Callum was an absolutely amazing student and an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

“His death is a huge loss for all of us and we’ve been struck by how much the students are really keen to do something to remember him by.”