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Midsummer MadNESS raises thousands for local charity!

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Over £2,700 has been raised by a magical event in aid of North East Sensory Services (NESS).

The highly anticipated Midsummer MadNESS concert saw audiences attend a fabulous matinee performance in the afternoon and an evening finale performance later in the evening of Saturday 17th August at St. Mark’s Church, Aberdeen. All sharing in the fabulous flair and musical prowess amongst a full line-up of truly very gifted artists. Representatives from the charity attended as well as members of the local Blind and Deaf communities.

Lesley Crerar, Producer, says, "I am incredibly proud to present these talented people from Deaf and Blind communities and British sign language learners who have put in so many hours and such effort to entertain and raise money for NESS. It's been a fantastic and emotional experience for all involved."

The event showcased expression of music in sign language by deaf soloist Doug Leiper and BSL Learners Choir, led by Doug along with the amazing singing talents of blind participants Kay Hamilton and Jordon Anderson. There was also a star performance from blind self-taught saxophonist Jerry Coleman. Guests were also treated to a signed duet performance from brother and sister team Harrison and Hannah Easton, who's mum and dad, Jill and Kenny Easton, were also involved in the choir and the beautiful
songs sung by Zsuzsanna Nemeth, a trained singer from Hungary. Most of those Involved had connections to NESS as service users or supporters. In fact the evening’s ‘rock chick’ Ells McHaffie is a volunteer at NESS and was awarded the British Empire Medal for her efforts. All performances were BSL interpreted and the event was compered by Fraser Crerar.

NESS Chief Executive Graham Findlay says, “We would like to thank everyone very much for supporting this fantastic afternoon and evening of entertainment. As a charity here at NESS we support 6,500 Blind and Deaf people across the North East and this amazing amount raised will support the wide range of services NESS provides.”

In all a most uplifting and enjoyable concert experience was enjoyed by all whilst raising money for a great local cause.