‘Thrilled to bits’ as charity gig in Newport raises £2,600 for MS Society

08:50 26 April 2014

Daniel Smith, from the Daniel Blues Band, with Helen Khan, area fundraiser for the MS Society, with the Saffron Walden Lioness Club

Daniel Smith, from the Daniel Blues Band, with Helen Khan, area fundraiser for the MS Society, with the Saffron Walden Lioness Club

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A mother whose son has multiple sclerosis was “thrilled to bits” after a charity night raised more than £2,600 to be spent on vital research into the disease.

Marion Smith and her friend Christine Duffy, both of the Saffron Walden Lioness Club, organised a gig in Newport last month in support of Marion’s son, Daniel, who was diagnosed with the neurological condition two years ago.

The event was a big success and last week the two women, along with other members of the club, handed a cheque to Helen Khan, the area fundraiser for the MS Society.

Helen said: “It is an incredible amount of money to raise and we are so grateful.

“Local events like these are so important because they help raise awareness of the disease. There are 100,000 people in the UK with MS but there are still so many people who do not know what it is.”

The gig had a string of coincidences attached to it – not only did Daniel Smith of the blues band have the same name as Marion’s Daniel, but he also has MS.

Marion said: “Daniel was very good and everybody loved the music. I am thrilled to bits we were able to raise so much money.”

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