Acts confirmed for Rhys fundraiser

A FEAST of entertainment has been laid on for a music and comedy day next weekend to raise money for local boy Rhys Allan.

The event, which will be held at the Black Abbot on Sunday, July 23, boasts nine music acts and four stand-up comedians who will perform throughout the day.

All funds raised will go to the Rhys Allan Fund and be put towards physiotherapy equipment for the four-year-old, who has cerebral palsy.

Parents Gary and Penny have also decided to convert their garage into a treatment room which, together with the appropriate equipment, will cost around £7,000.

They decided to take the step after a visit last month to Xcell-Centre in Dusseldorf for Rhys to undergo an intensive five-day course of physiotherapy. The visit was a follow-up to stem cell treatment he received at the centre last October.

Gary and Penny were told that, with continuing physiotherapy, it could take up to six months for them to see improvement.

His progress over the five days was such that they feel the specialised equipment will be highly beneficial for him.

The event, which will run from 2pm until late, is aimed at families and will include a barbecue as well as face painting, a bouncy castle and a magician for youngsters.

Confirmed acts include Independence, The Windows, Late Landing, Ali and the Nut Sacks, Gary Anderson, Steven Winton, Jaimie Thomson, Charlie Williamson and Lewis Palgrave. There will also be comedy from Gus Lymburn, Graeme Mackie, Gareth Waugh and Scott “Mad Dog” Forbes.

The day will also includee a raffle and lucky programmes, with four draws during the day for £25 bar tabs. Tickets, costing £10 which includes a free drink, are available now from Hogg’s on the High Street, the Black Abbot and from Gary by calling 07849 885280.