Matthew rocks on

Matthew Rocks who died from leukaemia Sept 2012
Matthew Rocks who died from leukaemia Sept 2012

when BurntislanD teenager Matthew Rocks lost his long battle with leukaemia back in September his death affected not just his family, but also his many friends.

Now many of them who attend the Youth Music Project at Kirkcaldy YMCA where Matthew was a regular, have got together to help organise a special music gig in tribute to the 19-year-old, described by those close to him as “an inspiration”.

The event, which will feature five live bands, will take place at the YMCA in Valley Gardens, on Saturday, January 26 from 5.00-10.00 p.m.

‘For He Who Still Rocks’ has been put together by the YM’s Crew Project, a voluntary group of young people set up last summer to help put on gigs and fundraising events for charity.

It is being held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity Matthew was supported by during his illness during which he spent several periods in hospital.

As well as raising awareness of and research into cancers affecting teenagers, the Trust aims to provide special areas in hospitals where teenagers forced to spend long spells undergoing treatment can spend some quality time with their friends and families.

Ayla Sherris (23), from Kirkcaldy, is one of the Crew Project which helped put together the event.

She said: “Everyone has been very enthusiastic and keen to do something as a tribute to Matthew as many of us were friends with him.

“He was a lovely person and would always be there to help anyone who needed it, even if he wasn’t feeling good. He never gave up and was most definitely an inspiration.”

Dave Gillespie a youth worker at the YM who oversees the Crew Project, added: “The young people have been brilliant and I am proud of the way they have brought it all together.

“They’ve done everything from asking the bands to play to organising the actual event, getting raffle prizes, making posters and going out and promoting the event.”

The bands playing on the night include: Blind Lights (6.30-7.00 p.m.); Black Mirror (7.10-7.40 p.m.); This Is Blood Sport (7.50-8.20 p.m.); Angels And Dark Souls (8.30-9.00 p.m.) and Manic Romance (9.10-9.40 p.m.).

All proceeds from the ticket entry fee of £3.00 will go to the charity and there will also be a raffle with prizes donated mainly from local shops and businesses.

Some of the bands will also be selling T-shirts and giving the money to the charity too.