Live music spectacular raises £10,000

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 June 2013

Ollies parents Neil and Charmaine with  friends.

Ollies parents Neil and Charmaine with friends.

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A STUNNING assortment of live music blew the roof off Weston's Grand Pier when hundreds of people arrived to support a Worle youngster and the charity event organised in his name.

The Legends Of Weston concert went off with a bang at the weekend and raised an impressive total of £10,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West.

The event was organised by Neil Lewis and Charmaine Malcolm, whose son Ollie was diagnosed with brain damage after complications during his birth.

Ollie suffers from a number of disabilities as a result of his brain being starved of oxygen due to a late delivery. He is blind and has epilepsy and cerebral palsy, meaning he needs around-the-clock care.

One-year-old Ollie and his family receive help from Charlton Farm in Wraxall, and as a thank you they put on the Comic Relief-style show, which included Weston acts Harrisen Larner-Main, Sarah Edin Winn, Ryan Inglis, Cliff Moore and The Style.

Neil said: “We really wanted to do Ollie proud and are so happy we were able to raise so much money for such a great cause on his behalf.”

More than 500 people turned up to the event, which was supported by a number of Weston businesses, allowing all profits to go to the charity.

Neil added: “We want to say a massive thank you to all the musicians and crew who donated their time, the companies who generously donated and a massive thank you to The Grand Pier, Dean Turner, Aaron Sayers, Abbie Lawrence and Alex of AD productions. Without their help this event would not have been possible.”

The couple are still in a legal battle with Southmead Hospital in Bristol to secure funding for Ollie’s care, after they said they made numerous attempts to get Charmaine examined while she was in labour.

At the time, Robert Woolley, chief executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said he was ‘deeply sorry for the errors that were made’ and vowed to review hospital procedures.

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