Rock concert pushes appeal closer to goal

FOR MARION: Sudbury Rock Choir perform on Saturday.
FOR MARION: Sudbury Rock Choir perform on Saturday.

The appeal for Marion Blower is in touching distance of its target after a concert in her honour raised nearly £2,000.

Around 250 people attended a special concert at St Peter’s in Sudbury on Saturday night in aid of the paralysed former charity manager.

Organised by Ann Stone, who works with Marion’s daughter Mandy Branch at First Friends Pre-school in Great Waldingfield, the event featured Sudbury’s Rock Choir and surpassed all expectations.

“It was absolutely great and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Mrs Stone.

“People were dancing in the aisle and it was very emotional.”

In total, the concert raised £1,851 as the town’s branch of the choir was swelled to more than 130 singers, with many joining from other groups.

Choir leader Daniel Ribbits said the strength of support for Marion, who previously worked as the manager at Sudbury Resource Centre, was evident in the performances.

“It was probably the best they have ever sounded,” he said.

“The song Something Inside So Strong was epic and had many of the audience in tears. It was a superb night.”

The Free Press linked up with Sudbury Town Council to run an appeal for an electric wheelchair for Marion after she broke her neck falling down stairs at her home in Boxford last year.

In all, £8,600 is needed for the wheelchair and, thanks to the concert, the appeal stands at £8,201.

Mrs Branch, who lives in Waldingfield Road, Acton, said she had been touched by donations to the cause.

“It was an amazing night and was very humbling and emotional,” she said.

“It shows how highly thought of mum is and she was devastated not to be back to see the concert, but I am going to see her this weekend and will be taking some video clips to show her.”

Mrs Branch said she would like to a say “massive thank you” to all the local businesses who sponsored the concert and to Mrs Stone and everyone from the pre-school.