Concert raises $40,000 for Arrowtown cancer toddler

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A packed concert on Saturday raised more than $40,000 for four-year-old Arrowtown cancer sufferer Angus Beaton.
 
Friends of the Beaton family – in Christchurch where Angus is hospitalised – organised the ‘We Love You Angus’ event at the Arrowtown Hall. 

Angus was diagnosed last month with a soft-tissue cancer which has spread to his lungs and bone marrow. 

So far he’s endured two bouts of chemotherapy. 

Local bands The Lynch Mob, Swamp Donkey and local singer Charlotte Graf performed at the Arrowtown Hall to about 350 ticket-goers. 

Funds were raised from a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Queenstown real estate agent Brendan Quill. 

Almost $20,000 had been raised by supporters before the concert, including proceeds from a movie screening at Reading Cinemas Queenstown. 

The funds are helping Angus’ family – mum Fritha, dad Gordon and sister Kate, 6 – stay in Christchurch. 

Angus – who turns five on Friday – is surrounded by his favourite Lego toys in his Christchurch Hospital ward, now dubbed Legoland.