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A guitar was raffled off to raise cash for a two-year-old Hellesdon boy who is battling leukaemia.

PUBLISHED: 14:34 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:34 12 June 2014

Pete Lister, owner of Listers Guitars in Lowestoft, gives Jim Marten a guitar to be auctioned off to help Hellesdon tot Noah Beschorner-Barker, who has leukaemia.

Pete Lister, owner of Listers Guitars in Lowestoft, gives Jim Marten a guitar to be auctioned off to help Hellesdon tot Noah Beschorner-Barker, who has leukaemia.


Little Noah Beschorner-Barker is fighting the disease, and friends are trying to raise cash to help family visit him at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Jim Marten, a friend of Noah’s dad Nick, helped organise a charity gig and raffle last weekend.

Listers Guitars in Lowestoft kindly agreed to sell Mr Marten the six-stringed prize at a knock-down price.

It was raffled off during the all day event at the B2 music venue in Sprowston Road, Norwich on Saturday.

A dozen bands performed, and the prize was raffled off during the set of Mr Marten’s band Hedra.

He said he hoped the guitar would give somebody else a chance to play music.

He had hoped to raise the £279 value of the guitar from the raffle.

Hedra’s performance on Saturday was the first time Mr Marten had sung on stage in more than a decade, and they had only practiced for 15 hours.

The idea for the charity gig was devised by Simon Powell of Power Promotions and Chilli Williams when they noticed their friend and fellow Musician Nick Barker needed some help for his son Noah.

Mr Marten said a great deal of effort went into organising the event and all of the money raised will go to Noah’s family to help them pay for his treatment and visits to see him.

Noah has spent most of the last three months with his mum, Vicky, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, while his father Nick has stayed at home in Hellesdon with seven-year-old brother Zakk.

But now, three-quarters of the way through his chemotheraphy, the family are feeling positive - and drummer Mr Beschorner-Barker, 38, is getting more involved with fundraising so the family can enjoy precious time together.

After Noah became unwell his parents took him to the family doctor, where it was thought he was suffering with an infection or appendicitis.

When his condition worsened, Noah was referred to Addenbrooke’s and has been undergoing chemotherapy.

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