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Ntinga creates drum pendant to celebrate heroic late Great Nephew's life

15 Jan 2020

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Ntinga’s Managing Director Howard Graham has created a handmade pendant in 18ct gold with a 1/3 carat fine diamond in memory of his late great nephew Charlie which was presented to his niece Shelley Legge on the day of his funeral.

Howard commented “Charlie expressed life through his drums and so we wanted it to live on. The drum was handmade and comes from gold from my Mum and late Father’s jewellery. Charlie loved music and was a self taught musician, playing most instruments and writing his own music. He also represented his school band as a drummer playing at the Menin Gate (Belgium) celebrating the fallen of the First World War. During the last few months of his life he even played drums on stage in a concert raising money for the Charity that were  looking after my family.”

Within the first few months of Charlie’s fight for life The Ntinga team raised more than £7000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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The chemotherapy treatment, the bone marrow transplant and various trial drugs together with the journeys back and forth from Southend to London, Charlie endured without complaint, and accepted everything that was thrown at him. Sadly on his 16th birthday in May he was told that the treatment had failed and there was nothing further they could do for him.

Charlie lost his battle for life on 30th September 2019, against two types of rare and aggressive forms of Leukaemia. His mum Shelley is determined to keep his memory alive and share the music he made as a keen drummer and songwriter, as well as help others fighting this dreadful disease. 

Exactly a year before Charlie’s death the Gold Geese Charity, which helps families affected by childhood cancer in Southend and surrounding areas organised a huge drive to get people to donate bone marrow to find a match for Charlie. 

Shelley said they had arranged a massive swab drive to raise awareness and find a donor for Charlie. From that single swab drive in Leigh on sea they had over 400 people sign up alone and nationally over 4000 people signed up on the strength of Charlie’s story.

Ntinga are encouraging people to keep donating to the Gold Geese Charity to help other children with cancer. If you would like to support you can do so via Just Giving.