A FUND-RAISING event is taking place tonight to help a brave Sunderland youngster battling an incurable muscle-wasting disease.
Nine-year-old Matthew Brettell suffers from the degenerative condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
I know how much this has affected the whole family. They are desperate to help Matthew lead as normal a life as possible.Joe Brettell, Whitburn and Marsden Social Club
His family are desperately trying to raise much-needed funds to adapt their Thorney Close home to enable the fun-loving youngster to lead as full a life as possible.
Now, Whitburn and Marsden Social Club, in North Guards, Whitburn, is throwing open its doors to a night of music in aid of Matthew.
Joe Brettell, club secretary, said: “Matthew’s dad is my nephew and I know how much this has affected the whole family. They are desperate to help Matthew lead as normal a life as possible.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to adapt their home and they need to raise so much before the builders can even start the work.
“At the moment, Matthew has to be helped around the home and carried up and down the stairs by his parents.”
His family, with the help of charity Hope 4 Kidz, has launched Matthew’s Milestone to help them raise the funds need.
They are looking to raise £45,000 needed to top up a £30,000 government grant to pay for building work to create home adaptations including a through-floor lift, a ceiling hoist and widening rooms.
Tonight’s fundraiser starts at 7pm and will feature band The Daze, with karaoke and a host of raffle prizes up for grabs.
Tickets are £5 and available on the door.
To make a donation to the cause visit http://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Brettell