‘Elvis’ is in building to support charity

Sonia Lumsdon and her grandson Riley.
Sonia Lumsdon and her grandson Riley.

An Ashington grandmother who saw her grandson and nephew fight back from meningitis is organising a charity night with a little help from ‘Elvis’.

Sonia Lumsdon has arranged for Elvis impersonator Michael Elvis Simpson to run through all the ‘king’s’ greatest hits at the Fell em Doon Club in High Market, Ashington, on Saturday, August 16.

Proceeds from the night will go to Meningitis Now, the country’s biggest charity fighting the disease, saving lives and rebuilding futures through research, awareness and support.

“I hope lots of people will join us for what promises to be a great night out raising money for such a worthy cause,” said Sonia.

Sonia’s grandson Riley was just two-and-a-half-months old when he was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis in 2007.

After visiting his GP he was rushed to hospital where he thankfully recovered.

Her nephew Kristian, now 21, contracted meningococcal meningitis when he was ten-months-old, and he also recovered well.

“We’re really grateful that Riley and Kristian both bounced back so well from meningitis, but other families are not so lucky,” Sonia added.

“We want to raise as much awareness of this horrible disease and funds as we can to wipe it out and ensure that no other families or their friends go through what we went through.”

The evening will also include a raffle and Sonia is looking for anyone who would like to donate a prize to contact her on 07921 504471.

The fun starts at 7pm and entry is £5 per person on the door.

Becky Dodd, Meningitis Now fundraiser, said: “Support like this makes a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”