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Haverhill DJ adds to the feelgood factor for family of eight-year-old cancer patient




The family of an eight-year-old from Haverhill who is being treated for a brain tumour had double cause for celebration last week.

As if seeing their son Rhean complete his fourth and final cycle of chemotherapy was not enough to cheer them, Nicola and Shaun Williamson then learnt that hundreds of pounds will be heading their way thanks to the efforts of Haverhill DJ Andy Palazon.

Through his business Soundwaves Disco, Andy had organised for an 80s Rewind night -featuring music from the decade - to take place on April 4 at the Rose & Crown in Haverhill.

Rhean Williamson, eight (centre) with his friends Jake Tofts and Ewan Williams, both seven, after they both had their heads shaved in March. Picture by Mark Westley
Rhean Williamson, eight (centre) with his friends Jake Tofts and Ewan Williams, both seven, after they both had their heads shaved in March. Picture by Mark Westley

The event was being held to raise money for Rhean’s parents, who were both unable to work while he was being treated for his cancer.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis the fund-raiser never happened, and so Andy contacted Nicola last week to let her know that he will be donating the £700 he had already received in ticket sales to the family (minus any money reclaimed by ticket holders who wanted a refund), which has a fund-raising page HERE

After hearing the news, Nicola said: “Because it didn’t go ahead because of Covid I didn’t think much of it. Then he (Andy) messaged me the other day to say he has got some money for us.

Andy Palazon, owner of Soundwaves Disco, pictured a Castle Fields Pre-School, in Haverhill, where he was helping it to raise money after their garden was vandalised. Picture by Mecha Morton
Andy Palazon, owner of Soundwaves Disco, pictured a Castle Fields Pre-School, in Haverhill, where he was helping it to raise money after their garden was vandalised. Picture by Mecha Morton

“It was a surprise because I really wasn’t expecting anything because the event got cancelled.”

Andy first became aware of Rhean’s health problems because his wife Karen, taught him at Burton End Primary Academy in Haverhill.

Just before the national coronavirus lockdown began on March 23, Shaun, Nicola, Rhean and his younger siblings Millie and Nylah, moved to Northstowe in Cambridgeshire.

Rhean’s tumour was discovered last autumn, leading to two operations in December to remove it, followed up by many radiotherapy sessions and then chemotherapy to ensure any remaining cancer cells are destroyed.

The chemotherapy ended on Monday last week and Rhean will have an MRi scan this week to make sure the cancer has not returned, but the prognosis is positive, and his mum said: “Things are good.”

Last March the Echo ran a story about Ewan Williams and Jake Tofts, both seven, who had their heads shaved to show their support for Rhean, who is their friend.

Read it HERE