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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Hereward College makes today count with charity concert



Hereward College is to play host to a charity concert showcasing local bands, to help thousands of children and young people living with a severe muscle-wasting condition.

The concert will take place at 7pm on Friday 1 March to mark the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Make today count event, which sees fundraisers across the country take on challenges and organise events on the first weekend of spring. Funds raised over the course of the weekend will go towards the development of promising treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting condition, which causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste over time. Concert organiser, John Ashby from Coventry, himself has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and wanted to help others living with the condition.

The concert will feature performances from local bands The Last Train Home, Sleeping Satellite and The Tide, with funds shared between the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Friends of Hereward College. Friends of Hereward College hope the event will help fund its Ghyll Head and Calvert Trust college trips. Hereward College welcomes students with support needs, and is attended by students affected by muscular dystrophy.

John said:
“I decided to organise the concert because it’s a great way of getting people together to help raise vital funds. Hopefully one day a cure will be found for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”

Charlotte Allen, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Volunteer Fundraising Manager for the Midlands and Anglia region said:

“We hope that the people of Coventry will come along and join us at Hereward College for a great evening of live music. There will also be the opportunity to win some great raffle prizes, while helping us to support vital research which could change the lives of hundreds of children and young people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. “

The Make today count weekend will also see 100 Skydivers take on jumps at sites across the UK, in recognition of the 100 boys born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy each year.

Tickets are priced at £6. For further information or to purchase tickets for the concert visit www.muscular-dystrophy.org/shop or contact Volunteer Fundraising Manager Charlotte Allen on 0121 779 4488, or email: c.allen@muscular-dystrophy.org

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