Never forget the disadvantaged, says sax player

Jonny Diggens
Jonny Diggens
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A 17-year-old saxophonist and Duchess’s Community High School student is planning a charity concert to raise money for disadvantaged children.

A regular busker and favourite in The Alnwick Garden, Jonny Diggens, aka Jonny D, has organised the event, which will see him perform alongside several other musicians in a bid to raise money for the Garden’s Forget-Me-Not project.

The project helps to improve the lifestyle of children and young people with physical and learning disabilities by providing them and their families with gardening, craft and adventure activities.

This not only allows them to develop new skills, grow their confidence and develop friendships with similar families, but provides a welcome respite to the challenges faced by living with a disability or disabled family member.

Jonny said: “The Forget-Me-Not project is a fantastic organisation that allows children undergoing difficult situations to build confidence and thrive in a loving, supportive environment.

“My inspiration to start playing the sax came from my mum and her belief in me. My mum passed away when I was 12 and that experience was the hardest I’ve ever had to deal with.

“The saxophone has opened so many doors and changed my life completely and I want to show children who have experienced similar difficulties that it [life] is not over.

“I am honoured to be part of such a caring charity.”

Jonny was the first regular busker to play at The Alnwick Garden and he is a firm favourite with visitors to the attraction.

The concert, which has been arranged entirely by Jonny himself, will take place at The Duchess’s Community High School on Tuesday, July 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.

All proceeds will go directly to the Forget-Me-Not project.

Community developer and project coordinator at The Alnwick Garden, Sarah Hall, said: “Jonny D plays a very active role in The Alnwick Garden and I can’t wait to see him perform again.

“His passion for both music and charity are evident and we are very grateful for all of his time and commitment.”