A music night is being held to raise the vital funds needed to change a disabled girl’s life.
Chris Johnston has organised a night of live music at the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery to raise money to help fund a therapy tricycle for Willenhall girl Mersadeez Banner.
Mersadeez, 5, suffers from epilepsy and dyspraxia meaning she has daily seizures which affect her development.
The Banner family have been working with the charity, Caudwell Children, to raise the £1,240 needed to get her the tricycle and physiotherapy she desperately needs.
Chris said: “I found out about Mersadeez through her grandmother.
“I spoke to her about the problems Mersadeez has and knew I could do something to help.
“I had access to the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery as a venue and decided to hold the concert there.
“I have a daughter myself and can’t imagine how hard it is to go through what Mersadeez and her family do, so putting on this concert will hopefully bring them closer to the trike that will make a massive difference to them.”
The night will feature a mix of acoustic performances as well as blues pieces and covers of popular songs.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive Officer of Caudwell Children, said: “Fundraising events like Chris’ music concert are vital in raising the awareness and financial support that many children with disabilities and life limiting conditions need.
“The money raised at the concert will go directly to helping Mersadeez and her family, giving her the equipment she needs to help her develop.
“But we are in need of more funding to continue to provide practical and emotional support to children throughout the UK.”
Mersadeez’s mother, Lorna Banner, praised the fundraising efforts for her daughter describing her as a little fighter.
“We are so grateful for everything that is being done for Mersadeez.
“Having this tricycle will benefit our lives immeasurably.
“We are looking forward to going out on bike rides like other families do.
“Mersadeez is such a determined child. She never gets frustrated when she can’t do something; she just tries and tries again.
“Having this tricycle will give her a lot more freedom and help improve not only her life, but the lives of our entire family.”
The concert is being held at the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday (October 5).
Tickets are £5 and available by contacting Chris on 07941959952
You can donate to Mersadeez’s appeal by visiting www.justgiving. com/Mer sadeez-B or by texting MERB55 £(amount) to 70070.