Charity gig raises over £3k

Rob Forsyth, Mark Ryder and Karen Verrill of Maggie's
Rob Forsyth, Mark Ryder and Karen Verrill of Maggie's

A charity gig at a village club has raised more than £3,000 for the charity which is supporting one of its members.

Rob Forsyth, who lives in Shilbottle, lost his cousin, Darren Scott to cancer and had always wanted to do something in his memory.

And when his friend, Mark Ryder, was diagnosed with leukaemia, it made him even more determined to raise money for charity.

As Mark goes for treatment at the Freeman Hospital, he goes to Maggie’s Centre, next door, for the much-needed support that he and his family need.

He told Rob about this great place, which in turn became the focus of the event.

Rob’s mates, Craig Brown, Norman Dundas, John Angus and Stevie Stewart, are in the band NE66 and jumped at the chance to play a charity gig.

Unplugged Distortion, with local lad Paul Fairgrieves, also gave its support, along with Brian Watson, who was compere for the night and provided a disco for the event at Shilbottle Sports and Social Club.

By the power of Facebook, the 200 tickets for the event sold out within a week.

But with only two weeks to go, it was thrown into turmoil when a couple of members of Unplugged Distortion couldn’t do the gig.

However, Rob said: “Paul Fairgrieves managed to get Steve Ballantyne and Michael Kerrigan to play with him as The Steve Ballantyne Trio on the night.

“It was great of them to step in at the last minute to help out and a fantastic night was had by everyone who attended the night.

“We would like to thank all the businesses in Shilbottle and Alnwick who donated cash or raffle prizes to the cause, of which there are too many to mention. Also, thanks to all the individuals whodonated cash or raffle prizes as well.

“Thanks to NE66, The Steve Ballantyne Trio and Brian Watson’s disco for donating your free time, without you this night could never have happened.”

A total of £3245.62 was handed over to Karen Verrill, centre head at Maggie’s, who was very appreciative of the money raised.