Babies, toddlers and children will be singing, dancing and playing musical instruments next month as they try to raise funds for a Great Sankey man who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Matthew Latham is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Liverpool Royal’s Clatterbridge Centre as he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is affecting his brain and his liver.

The intensive course of medication means the 35-year-old will be unable to work for the next 12 months as he battles the disease so friends and family have rallied round organising fundraising events to support his wife Mel and their children Noah and Blossom.

Football fans and fellow Blackburn Rovers supporters Gaz and Chris Byrne together with Danny Nixon will be walking 30 miles from Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium to Ewood Park in Blackburn on Saturday, April 17 and so far they have raised more than £20,000.

The latest boost to the fundraising effort is thanks to old school friend Joanna Clemmence, who will be hosting two Do Re Mi music classes in Penketh at the end of April.

Joanna, who is from Old Hall, said: “I’ve known Matty a long time as we used to go to school together.

“I always said that when I started my own business I wanted to be able to give back to the community and this is the perfect way to do that.

“All it costs is my time so we should be able to raise some money for Matty and his family.”

The first class on Saturday, April 24 has already sold out so Joanna is holding another class on Monday, April 26 at Latham Hall in Penketh with tickets priced at £5.50 or £3 for siblings.

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