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Concert to rock for Marion

SING-A-LONG: Ann Stone (centre) with Mandy Branch (far right) and leaders and children from Great Waldingfield nursery.

SING-A-LONG: Ann Stone (centre) with Mandy Branch (far right) and leaders and children from Great Waldingfield nursery.

Preparations are being finalised for a special concert to raise funds for an appeal for a former charity boss left paralysed by a fall.

Sudbury’s Rock Choir is planning to hold an event for the Marion Blower appeal, which is supported by the Free Press, at St Peter’s next month.

Ann Stone, who is in the choir and is a friend of Marion, came up with the idea, which will see all profits donated towards an electric wheelchair costing £8,600.

“I have known Marion and her husband Bryn for around 10 years and have been thinking for a while of a way to help,” said Mrs Stone, who works with Marion’s daughter, Mandy Branch, at First Friends Pre-school in Great Waldingfield.

“Our choir leader, Daniel Ribbets, is fully behind the concert and we want to raise as much money as we can.”

The Sudbury branch of the choir has around 60 members, but Mrs Stone said singers from other areas were also likely to take part in the concert, scheduled for the evening of February 22.

Mrs Stone said she was hoping to secure a sponsor to cover the cost of hiring St Peter’s, with the nursery, which she manages, providing refreshments.

“We want to give the appeal a final push,” she said.

“Marion has done so much for the community and everybody feels for her.”

Well-known for her work as the manager of Sudbury Resource Centre, where she spent 17 years, Marion broke her neck in April after falling down the stairs at her home in Boxford.

She is in hospital in Sheffield receiving treatment for her injuries on a specialist spinal unit.

Her daughter, Mrs Branch, from Waldingfield Road in Acton, said the family had been overwhelmed by kind wishes and help.

“I was quite choked when I heard about the concert, because it is such a nice thing to do,” she said. “Mum is always so pleased to hear that people are thinking of her – she didn’t expect any of this.”

 

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