A YOUNG musician has put his talents to good use by raising cash in memory of his dad.
Alex Shenton-Parkin’s father Steven – who was a major influence him and his love of music – lost his battle liver cancer earlier this year.
Alex, 20, held a pop and rock music night as a tribute to his dad and to raise money for the cancer charity which supported him.
The event was held in the Sunderland bar, Gatsby, and raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Alex, a former music student at Sunderland College, enlisted the help of music students at the college’s Shiney Row Campus for the event.
Alex, from New Herrington, had to withdraw from a prestigious music and drama school in London to support his family, including mum Chris, after his father was diagnosed with the illness.
Steven was just 56 when he died in St Benedict’s Hospice in Monkwearmouth in January.
The young musician said: “My dad had a huge influence on me and my love of music.
“Organising an event like this in his memory was a very natural thing to do.
“When someone very close to you is diagnosed with cancer it helps make you realise what’s important. I wanted to do something for Macmillan which provided not only my father, but the whole family, with some excellent care, support and advice.”
Tony Wilson, a music lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “Alex was an excellent student so when he approached me about supporting such a worthy cause I agreed straight away.
“The students performing had been preparing for it for a while and they all sounded fantastic.”
He said the event was a great night and the thoughts of everyone were with Alex and his family.
The students performed hits by The Killers, Adele, David Bowie and Primal Scream, raising nearly £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.