Young cancer survivor busks it for charity

Nine-year-old Ace Manthey and his sister Sky, 12, busking in Carfax

Nine-year-old Ace Manthey and his sister Sky, 12, busking in Carfax

First published in News

A SCHOOLBOY who overcame cancer raised money for two of the charities that helped him by busking in Oxford with his sister.

Nine-year-old Ace Manthey, from Abingdon, sang and played guitar with Sky, 12, in Cornmarket Street and Bonn Square.

They played covers of singles by Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi, raising more than £190 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and £315 for the Over the Wall charity.

The foundation helped Ace travel to Japan to meet his grandparents for the first time and he took part in a summer camp with Over the Wall when he was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

St Nicholas Primary School pupil Ace, who has three sisters, said: “It was fun and it was good to earn a lot of money for the charities that helped me so another person can benefit. It was quite tiring playing for a long time but it was enjoyable.”

Ace was diagnosed with the disease when he was three and underwent chemotherapy treatment for three-and-a-half years, losing his hair.

He decided to learn how to play guitar as an alternative to playing video games and watching films while he recovered, and was given the all-clear in May 2011.

His dad Ian, 41, a sales manager, married to Tomomi, 37, said: “They enjoy standing behind guitars playing anyway, but to do it for a good cause made it even better.”

Our top stories

Live blog: Body found in hunt for Jed Allen following murder of family in Didcot

Oxford Mail:

8:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

Follow our Live and unrivalled coverage of the murder investigation in Didcot, updated throughout today

Man wanted after Didcot murders works for town council

Oxford Mail:

8:42am Monday 25th May 2015

THE MAN suspected of killing Philip Howard, Janet Jordon and Derin Jordon is employed as an apprentice gardener for Didcot Town Council.

Didcot murders: Smiling face of teenager with the sister he is suspected of killing

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

CRADLING his baby sister Derin, this is a teenage Jed Allen, the man suspected of killing her and their mother in a house in Didcot.

Didcot murders: More than 100 police officers hunt suspect in three killings

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

TRIPLE murder suspect Jed Allen was still being sought by police today in an operation involving more than 100 officers.

Good cheer as charity charioteers hit streets

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 25th May 2015

HUNDREDS of villagers turned out to cheer on those taking part in the annual Bampton Shirt Race.

New recreation ground finally open for play time

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 25th May 2015

AFTER more than two years in the planning, a former Second World War airfield in Oxford has been turned into a recreational paradise.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree