Peter's Goodison dream to become a reality

04/03/2016  13 Comments  [Jump to last]

The family of a music-loving Evertonian will see the teenager's dream come true on Saturday when one of his self-penned tracks will be played at Goodison Park, just weeks after he lost his three-year battle with cancer.

Peter Fidler sadly passed away on New Year's Eve aged 18, and now his parents, David and Kath, are bringing together his two passions - music and Everton Football Club - to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

One of the West Derby youngster's songs, Yesterday, will be played during half-time at Saturday's match against West Ham United, with fans urged to show their support by making a donation to the cancer charity that helped him during his period of treatment.

Peter's devotion to music almost rivalled his love of Everton and his family say he would be honoured to know that one of his treasured songs was to be played at the home of the Blues.

Dad David said: "This means absolutely everything to us. The idea that Pete is going to be performing in front of 30-odd thousand at Goodison Park, he’ll be laughing, he’ll be having a blast. He’s still with us, looking down and he will enjoy the day, that's for certain.

"Initially, you might think that it must have been an awful three years, but it wasn’t. We had quite a good time, and that’s largely down to Teenage Cancer Trust. They helped out enormously. They look after the whole family and the work they do is essential. Their staff are skilful, thoughtful, loving, caring people, they put you at ease from day one and I can’t thank them enough. Any money we can raise will be Pete helping those who helped him.”

Peter, a Season Ticket holder in the Gwladys Street, was well-known to the Club after Leighton Baines paid a special visit to his home to spend time with him and hear about how his treatment was progressing in early 2014. Their shared love of music gave them plenty to talk about, with Peter eagerly telling Leighton about his band, The Also Known As.  

Touched by Peter's story and his incredible strength, Leighton followed his progress closely and when he needed a boost during a difficult stage in his treatment, the left-back invited Peter to Finch Farm to watch a training session and meet up with some of his heroes again.

Peter and David were also invited as special guests to Goodison Park for the home game against Manchester United in 2013/14, and spent time catching up with the first-team and Everton manager Roberto Martinez again when the squad visited Alder Hey Children’s Hospital at Christmas-time.  

“Leighton Baines was an absolute superstar," said David. "He came round to the house for a cup of tea and it was like he was just Pete’s mate. There were no airs and graces, he just sat down and had a chat. We had seen Leighton, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert and Phil Jagielka at the hospital, too, and they were all superstars with Pete.

"Everton is just an amazing club. In those three years since he was diagnosed, he only missed four games and the Club would do whatever they could to make sure Pete could see the game.

"Pete was a happy fella anyway but when you get a boost like that it can carry you for a few weeks and keep you going.”

In addition to his special experiences with the Blues, Teenage Cancer Trust made sure Peter always had something to look forward to, be it through arranging concert tickets, getting him involved in the design of the new Alder Hey or even arranging for him to meet his idol, Oasis singer Noel Gallagher.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals including one at the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.

To support Teenage Cancer Trust, simply text GIVE to 70500 to donate 5. Teenage Cancer Trust will receive 100 per cent of your donation. Teenage Cancer Trust will text you once to thank you and a second time to ask if you’d like to hear more news. They won’t contact you again if you don’t reply.

This is a charity donation service for Teenage Cancer Trust. It costs 5 plus one standard message. Always ask the bill payer’s permission. The mobile payment helpline is 03306600425.

 

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Rob Hooton
1 Posted 04/03/2016 at 07:31:40
Another bit of beautiful work by the Blues, well done to Leighton and the lads, they are truly great ambassadors.

Brought a tear to my eye and will be donating to such a worthy cause.

Paul Andrews
2 Posted 04/03/2016 at 07:56:58
This is what make our club special.

I love this club to bits.

Derek Knox
3 Posted 04/03/2016 at 09:03:17
With you there on that one Rob, it kinda makes you proud to be an Evertonian, but tinged with sadness too, when you hear of actual cases like this.

The roller coaster life of being an Everton fan, pales into insignificance in a way, when you realise there is a lot we take for granted at times!

I hope and trust it will make his Dad proud when he hears Peter's song played, and just hope everyone gets behind the moment and embraces it.

Alan Thompson
4 Posted 04/03/2016 at 09:48:46
As a survivor of cancer my thoughts, heart and tears go out to this family. Many thanks to all those at Everton for their efforts.
Phil Roberts
6 Posted 04/03/2016 at 18:51:07
Jags, Ossie, Leighton, Hibbo. That's why we are the family we are. This link to the people who were there from before they arrived and still there after they have gone is what makes us Everton.

I hope that that is never lost and that our "less naturally gifted in speaking English" contingent learn and adopt this culture from the local lads.

To David and Kath, my sympathies.

Tony Hill
7 Posted 04/03/2016 at 20:30:15
What a fine young man he must have been and his father's bravery and spirit are deeply impressive.

It's great that the club acts in this way.

Ciaran Duff
8 Posted 04/03/2016 at 22:01:18
Very sad for his family but fantastic support by the club. What I particularly like is that the support was going on over an extended period from different players behind the scenes. Fair play to Noel Gallagher too.
Peter Laing
9 Posted 04/03/2016 at 22:11:26
Very touching story, RIP, Peter.
Jay Wood
10 Posted 04/03/2016 at 22:17:14
Another great gesture by the club that gets this sort of thing right time and time again.

Is there an alternative link to the charity for overseas Blues to make a donation to?

John Daley
11 Posted 04/03/2016 at 22:50:03
Can only echo the sentiments above that this is an area in which the club has always excelled and I'm sure the playing of his song on a match day will be both a poignant and proud moment for Peter's parents.

Well done to all at Everton who were involved and best wishes to the family.

Jay @9, I think you should be able to donate here:

Link

Tony Heron
12 Posted 05/03/2016 at 08:29:08
Saw the interview with Peters dad David on the Everton show on Bay tv.
What a brave man, you can see where his son got his great character from. Everton may not have won any trophies for a while, but when it comes to this kind of thing they will always be the champion's. Well done to all concerned. RIP Peter.
Anthony Dwyer
13 Posted 05/03/2016 at 12:36:27
Fantastic.

Makes me proud to be blue.

Brent Stephens
14 Posted 05/03/2016 at 13:18:04
Very good. Very good.

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