Babies, toddlers and children hit all the right notes in Penketh last weekend as they raised money for a Great Sankey family who have been hit by a devastating medical diagnosis.

Matty 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.

Friends and football fans Gaz and Chris Byrne together with Danny Nixon walked 30 miles from Warrington Wolves home ground to Blackburn Rovers stadium Ewood Park earlier this month.

Old school friend Joanna Clemmence has supported the fundraising drive – which currently stands at £23,333 – by holding two Do Re Mi music classes at Latham Hall in Penketh last Saturday, April 24 and Monday, April 26.

35 children and their parents and carers attended the two events and together raised £331.

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Joanna said: “I had lots of local businesses kindly donate prizes including Amazon vouchers, bouncy castle hire and key rings as well as wine, hampers and Body Shop gift sets - everyone was so generous.

“The two events involved a classic Do Re Mi music session which includes sleeping bunnies, dingle dangle scarecrow and row, row, row your boat.

“A parachute came out as well which was a huge hit with the children and we had lots of disco lights and bubbles.

“Prizes were also given out for the best dancers and the best parent participation.”

She added: “Feedback has been incredible and I’m so pleased to have been able to use my platform to help others.

“I’m already planning another fundraiser for July.”

To make a donation to Matty’s page visit