Monday, 19 November 2018

Spirit of Christmas concert gives hope to sufferers

PEOPLE in Henley are invited to get into the Christmas spirit this December and enjoy an entertaining evening of festive

PEOPLE in Henley are invited to get into the Christmas spirit this December and enjoy an entertaining evening of festive music, poetry and readings while helping hundreds of families across Oxfordshire living with devastating muscle-wasting conditions.

On Thursday, December 12 the Christ Church Centre will play host to the Spirit Of Christmas carol concert in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, when local choirs and performers, including the Rupert House School Chamber Choir and the Witt Studio Chorus will gather for an evening of Christmas music and readings. The concert will be followed by a reception with lots of delicious festive food and drink, along with the chance to win one of four Christmas hampers. The concert is being organised by a team of Henley-based volunteers headed up by Peter O’Sullivan, whose son Matthew, 25, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The condition causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste over time leading to increasing disability.

Proceeds from the event will help the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to fund promising research into treatments for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions and to support families affected by them.

Peter said: “Matt’s life has been hugely impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It limits his mobility, and he now needs to use a ventilator to assist his breathing.

“Despite these challenges it does not prevent him from actively being involved with the rest of the family in our fundraising activities. He has been busy producing all the posters, tickets and programme. We know our support makes a difference to the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Just by coming along and having fun, yours will too.”

For tickets — £8 for the concert and £15 for the concert and reception — go to www.muscular-dystrophy.org/shop/tickets or call 0845 872 9058.

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