Nine-year-old in cancer remission to perform at event

Ace Manthey NNL-140707-122046001
Ace Manthey NNL-140707-122046001

A nine-year-old boy who has been clear from cancer for three years will be playing at this weekend’s BodFest with his sister.

Ace Manthey and his sister Sky, aged 12, who make up the band AS AlwayS, will be opening the acoustic stage at The Plough Inn in Bodicote on Saturday.

The event raises funds for CLIC Sargent and Katharine House Hospice – charities close to the Mantheys’ hearts as Ace was only three when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

After three and a half years of treatment – and plenty of support from CLIC Sargent – he was finally given the all clear and now Ace and his sister take to the stage to give something back.

Their father Ian Manthey said: “I’m really proud of them and that they’ve got the guts to do it.

“I think it’s important for people to see that there are children who actually do survive childhood cancer.”

The siblings, who are from Abingdon, will perform at 1.30pm.

BodFest committee chairman Glen Griffin said: “BodFest provides something for every one of all ages, so don’t miss out and come support our village and chosen local charities.”

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