A COURAGEOUS little boy battling cancer has inspired songwriters to stage a special concert.

Samuel Tait spent his sixth birthday in hospital after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

His incredible strength and tenacity has spurred musicians to mount a charity gig.

Songwriters from across Cheshire have teamed up to perform at Wilmslow Conservative Club on Saturday, September 16.

They are raising funds for Young Lives vs Cancer, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

The Acoustic Songwriters Night is being organised by Samuel’s grandad Ian Goodall, from Alderley Edge.

Ian said: "Samuel, my bubbly, cheeky, clever grandson spent his sixth birthday and the first part of this year in hospital.

“His courage and fortitude as he faces another nine months of gruelling treatment is both astonishing and humbling.

“Hopefully the event will raise awareness of cancer in young people and its devastating effect upon their families.

“I’m immensely grateful to all who have contributed their time, talent, expertise and donations."

Performers on the night will include The Longsands, The Be Positives, Bobby Wonder, Jess Scragg, and Ryan Cheyne.

Tickets for the event are available from eventbrite.com/o/ian-goodall-68603314003 or direct from the club.

Money raised will help to fund Young Lives vs Cancer’s vital work in the North West.

The charity helped 738 families across the north west last year to find the strength to face everything cancer throws at them.

They donated 610 financial grants worth £123,475 to help families cope with the costs of cancer.

Families with a child on active treatment spend an extra £720 a month on things like travel to and from treatment and hospital parking, money many families simply don’t have.

Joe Burns, senior fundraising and engagement manager at Young Lives vs Cancer, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we step in to help families find the strength to face cancer.

“We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Ian and all the wonderful musicians taking part in the Acoustic Songwriters Night enough for their fantastic efforts.

“Thanks to Ian, and everyone who attends the performances, we will be able to help even more children and young people from the north west, like Samuel, to thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”