Dec 20 2011 By Lawrence Poole
Sophie Smith performing If I ain't got you at a Christmas show to raise money for the Aaron West goalkeeping academy. Inset Aaron who died of liver cancer.
A school’s Christmas tribute to a pupil who died last year raised hundreds of pounds for a goalkeeping academy set up in his name.
More than 200 people attended the production at Amersham School last Wednesday, in memory of Aaron West, 16, who died of a rare form of liver cancer.
The school had renamed its seasonal production Aaron’s Christmas Show.
The concert, featuring input by pupils past and present, raised funds for the Aaron West Goalkeeping Academy, which was set up in the budding footballer’s name. Its first courses for eight to 16 year olds finished earlier this month, with more starting in January.
Aaron’s mother, Dax, who launched the academy in co-ordination with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, has so far raised more than £15,000 for the project.
Ian Sanidad, 17, was one of the show organisers. “It went really well,” he said. “We fundraised a lot for the academy and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.
“There was about 17 acts in total, with lots of singing and dancing.
“The band and dancers were great and Sophie Smith sang a couple of songs, which went down really well.”
Mrs West said: “It was a wonderful evening, and it was fantastic to catch up with so many old faces. One of Aaron’s best friends, Callum Tempest, came back from Essex to be there.
"The head, Mrs Sharon Jarrett, made a lovely speech about how proud she was to have Aaron as a pupil at the school as well.
“The band, Peridiym, performed an acoustic version of a track in tribute to Aaron and everyone just did a fantastic job.”
The next sessions of the Aaron West Goalkeeping Academy start on Monday, January 9, from 5pm to 7pm for eight to 12s and 7pm to 9pm for 13 to 16s.
To enrol, call Wanderers community coach Corin Evans on 01494 455 734, or collect an application form from the school.