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A star City 7s tribute to brave pupil Lucas

8th April 2016

Leek United Building Society teamed up with Stoke City FC midfield star Ibrahim Affelay to pay special tribute to a much-loved pupil at a North Staffordshire school.

Potters fan Lucas Williams, aged six, died from a brain tumour in August last year, just 11 weeks after becoming ill.

The Society joined Dutch international Ibrahim on a visit to Lucas’s school – The Willows Primary in Penkhull – to meet his friends and classmates, and to present them with City 7s* membership packs.

Lucas was himself a City 7s member, and his parents Jo and Andrew, of Trentham – who also attended the event – have now launched a campaign to raise £50,000 for research into childhood cancer.

Mrs Sarah Thursfield, Headteacher at the school, said:

Lucas was a courageous and exceptional little boy – a pupil we are proud of and one we will never forget.

We have always promoted the City 7s at school, and Stoke City and Leek United have, in turn, been extremely supportive of us.

Lucas would have been thrilled to have met one of his Stoke City heroes, and the visit was an especially poignant one. I think the pupils were almost as excited to meet Ibrahim as certain members of staff!”

Three Year 2 classes – around 90 children – at The Willows Primary met Ibrahim, who attended the school along with Clare Beardmore, Leek United’s Marketing & Products Manager, and Rob Shropshire, Manager of the Society’s Hanley and Newcastle branches.

Clare – pictured at The Willows Primary with Ibrahim and Y2 youngsters – said:

The overwhelming feeling we all came away with was the affection and esteem that Lucas is held in by everyone at the school.”


*Membership of City 7s entitles Year Two children who are celebrating their seventh birthday to a Stoke City home shirt, two tickets to see the Potters at the Britannia Stadium and a £5 voucher to open or add to a Stoke City Junior 'Save and Support' Affinity Account with Leek United.

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