An impressive final tally of more than £2,000 has been raised to aid research into motor neurone disease in memory of a Moray man who died from the disease.
The special concert is dedicated to the memory of James Combe, who died from motor neurone disease in 2016.
The Rock for MND Scotland event was held in The Grant Hall in Rothes with a sell-out crowd enjoying an evening of top-class musical talent from students of Moray Music Lessons, MacTa and The Fireflies.
In total, £2,006.20 was raised to assist the work of MND Scotland through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction – with an additional £170 expected to be added once the auctioned sale of a special whisky bottle is confirmed.
The students of Moray Music Lessons kicked off proceedings, with Mark Robinson performing a solo blues harmonica before being followed by the young talent of Ross Hendry, Erin Grant, Fraser MacDonald, Rowan MacDonald and Sorcha Thompson.
We had a great time performing at the 'Rock for MND Scotland' charity event last Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came along and donated to the charity. Also, thanks to the students from Moray Music Lessons and The Fireflies for performing and entertaining the audience.
Posted by MacTa Music on Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Event sound engineer Angus Lawson strutted his stuff with MacTa, performing to a packed dance floor with a flurry of high tempo hits from Beyonce, Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars, before The Fireflies closed the night with their mix of classic rock and soul.
Prizes were donated by local businesses, helping exceed the previous year’s total of £1854.
Mark Aldridge, organiser of the event, said: “This event only succeeded due to the generosity of the performers, local businesses and of course the good people of Moray for turning up to support a great cause.
“Days after the gig saw the passing of the former Rangers and Dutch international footballer Fernando Ricksen at 43 years old after a long battle with MND, and just reinforces how terrible this disease is and how bravely people battle it.
“We hope the funds raised can do something to help in the fight against MND, and we hope to repeat the event next September.”