Pete’s new song will raise money for Eve

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A NORTH east musician is on song to raise money for a little girl believed to be the youngest locked-in syndrome sufferer.

Pete Dodds, former member of Newcastle band Half Breed, has produced a CD which will go on sale in aid of nine-year-old Eve Anderson, pictured.

Eve, of Ashington, was treated at the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary following an unexplained bleed in her brain in February last year.

The youngster was found to have an inoperable brain tumour and has now been diagnosed as suffering from a form of locked-in syndrome with complications.

Although still aware of what is going on around her, she is unable to communicate with others and is now housebound for much of the time, being virtually paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

Pete decided he wanted to use his songwriting skills to raise money for the youngster, who is his neighbour’s grandaughter.

He wrote the song Heaven Holds A Place, which features on the CD and is sung by Amie Addison.

He said: “I talked to her grandma and father Ian and they were delighted.

“I wrote Heaven Holds A Place but felt that my gruff voice wouldn’t do it justice, and by chance I heard Amie singing and thought her voice would be perfect for the project.

“Amie recorded two versions, an acoustic and an orchestrated version.”

Pete and Amie also called on the musical expertise of friends Brian and Irene Hume from folk-band Prelude to help with the CD.

The CD will be launched at La Bodega in Morpeth on Sunday at 2pm, and will be on sale at local stores as well as being available to download from all good online retailers.