X Factor star Honey G will be amongst the line-up for this year’s Williams Weekender – held in honour of former Hartsdown teacher and East Kent College football coach Luke Williams who lost his battle with cancer in 2014.
The event is organised by Luke’s Legacy, The Luke Williams Charitable Trust, which was set up by family and friends including Liam Morris, to help Luke fulfil a bucket list and complete an inspiring charity fundraising drive.
Luke, of Westfield Road in Margate, was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth on his 28th birthday in June 2013. It was hoped that the worst was behind him after he underwent major surgery and intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy but tragically the former football player discovered he had secondary cancer in his lungs a year later.
Luke was immediately put onto another very intense chemotherapy treatment which made him extremely ill.
After consultation with his specialist it was agreed that Luke should be able to enjoy a certain quality of life rather than endure the pain and grief the treatment would inevitably cause him and his loved ones for what could be just an extra few months.
Sadly Luke lost his battle to cancer on October 9, 2014 but he saw out his remaining months in his own unique style.
A bucket list and inspirational charity drive
With help from his family and friends, Luke was able to create and fulfil an action packed bucket list, which included hot air ballooning, backpacking across Europe, visits to his beloved Liverpool FC, being best man at a fellow East Kent College footie coach Liam’s wedding and marrying his one and only true love – Linda Birzniece in an emotional ceremony at Smiths Court Hotel, Cliftonville.
Luke also led a team of his closest friends and family on an inspirational charity drive that surpassed all expectations, raising over £26,000 for the Pilgrims Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
Luke presented the cheque to Pilgrims Hospice just days before he died. The hospice had provided palliative care for Luke following his terminal diagnosis.
Luke’s Legacy has continued the work Luke started with fundraising events ranging from 5-a-side matches to sponsored dog walks and the Williams Weekender.
In 2015 The Luke Williams Charitable Trust was born out of those earlier fundraisers and is dedicated to supporting local charities and keeping the memory of Luke Williams alive.
Williams Weekender charity gala
The weekender will this year take place at the Winter Gardens in Margate on August 19 at 7pm. The event will be hosted by “TV Warm Up Guy”, Stuart Holdham.
There will be music from X-Factor and The Voice finalists including rapper Honey G, Lydia Lucy who returns after helping Luke’s Legacy last year and Che Chesterman.
Local talent on the night includes Ramsgate acoustic duo Alola Rose, Wisewood Dance Academy and the Kent magician, Martin Collins.
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Luke’s charity dog walk
August 20, noon-6pm
Luke Williams Cup
The annual 5-a-side footie match takes place on July 16 at Dane Park, Margate. Kick off is 10.30am
Luke’s Legacy Golf Invitational
This years’ competition is being held on October 27. More details to come
The Luke Williams Charitable Foundation supports a host of charities including Pilgrims Hospices, Caring for Connor, Macmillan and YouCan youth cancer support which recently bought a holiday home in Westgate for youngsters battling the disease and their families or friends.