Concert for charity

Blanchards staff Julie Ogden, Jane Eales and owner Emma Massey with Sleaford Parkinson Group carer Pat Clarke. EMN-140812-161601001
Blanchards staff Julie Ogden, Jane Eales and owner Emma Massey with Sleaford Parkinson Group carer Pat Clarke. EMN-140812-161601001

A Christmas concert in Sleaford has raised almost £1,000 for research into Parkinson’s disease, while honouring the memory of a departed charity worker.

Friday evening saw the Sleaford Parkinson’s Group hold its second annual Christmas concert event in the Civic Suite of North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the event, featuring sounds from Sleaford Vintage Brass, raised £980 to fund the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Staff at Blanchards coffee shop, in Boston Road, Sleaford, also announced they have raised another £920 towards the cause.

This year’s concert also had a particular poignancy as everyone remembered the tragic death in a car accident last summer of Parkinson’s UK branch and volunteer support officer Vina Shah while on holiday with her family in the US.

A photograph of her and an account of her work was printed on the back of the programme for the evening.

Vina had worked in the East Midlands region for 12 years and was very often the first person anyone met from the charity.