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'Wonderful' Greenford man loses battle with cancer, days after treatment fundraising appeal reached target

Lawrence Graham-Leigh, who organised Green Day's first ever UK gig, died on September 2 surrounded by his family, who had raised £17k to try and save him

(Left) Lawrence with his son Christopher and wife Mimi. (Right) American rock band Green Day.

Friends and family have paid an emotional tribute to the "wonderful" Greenford resident who organised Green Day's first ever UK gig, after he lost his battle with cancer.

Brave Lawrence Graham-Leigh died on September 2 surrounded by his family at St Luke's Hospice in Harrow.

The 49-year-old was set to undergo new treatment as part of a drugs company trial after friends and family rallied together to raise £17,456 - more than the required £16,000.

But the dad-of-one's health began to deteriorate towards the end of August meaning he was unable go through with it.

Life-saving treatment plea for Greenford man who organised Green Day's first ever UK gig

Lawrence Graham-Leigh (right) with son Christopher (left)

'He never complained'

He leaves behind his wife Mimi, who moved from South Korea and met Lawrence through a friend in North Finchley 11 years ago, and their five-year-old son Christopher.

His heartbroken partner said: "He was friendly. He was nice and kind with everyone.

"Christopher asks 'can you ring and see if Lawrence will come down from heaven because I miss him.' He was a happy dad."

She added she was touched by the heartfelt response to raise money for Lawrence: "His personality was huge and big, all of his friends came together.

"He never complained. He was very strong."

Lawrence with son Christopher

Lawrence was a former music promoter who organised American rock band Green Day's first ever UK gig in Euston, at a venue known as The Rails in 1991.

He also ran a music label called Fluffy Bunny Records which featured the likes of China Drum and Gouge.

And in Greenford, he ran picture framing business Artmaster Gallery, in Oldfield Lane, for 30 years.

Close friend Julie Tweddle, who knew Lawrence for more than 20 years after meeting him at The Garage in Islington, described him as a "wonderful, kind, warm man."

'He really did do it for the love'

In her eulogy, she said: "Each and everyone of us sitting here knows what a wonderful, kind, warm man Lawrence is.

"Lawrence always offered lifts, every up and coming band in London would've seen the back of his van at some point.

"It seems he knew the whole of Greenford and everyone popped in for a Lawrence chinwag.

"Even the local newspaper reporter used to call in for story ideas. Lawrence knew everything that was going on.

"His passion (for music) was a lot more powerful than his entrepreneurial money making skills. He really did do it for the love.

"He was very dedicated to his family and his friends and he has lot of friends, wonderful friends.

"He is incredibly loyal and would do anything for the people he loves."

Money raised from the fund raising campaign will go towards the funeral on Thursday (September 22), a donation to charity Macmillan Cancer Support and to son Christopher.

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