Newtonhill mum inspires charity gig

Grant Stephen and Abe Taylor (centre) at their Old School Indie 1 gig, held in September 2014. Mark Morris (The Bluetones) and Chris Helme (The Seahorses) along with local Aberdeen lads Daniel Milne and Jason Blackhall all performed in an unforgettable night, which  raised just over �3,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Grant Stephen and Abe Taylor (centre) at their Old School Indie 1 gig, held in September 2014. Mark Morris (The Bluetones) and Chris Helme (The Seahorses) along with local Aberdeen lads Daniel Milne and Jason Blackhall all performed in an unforgettable night, which raised just over �3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

A Newtonhill mother who is bravely battling a brain tumour is the inspiration behind a fundraising gig to be held in Aberdeen in June.

Suzanne Davies (35), a former Portlethen Academy pupil, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2014, and underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

With her family and friends, Suzanne has an ongoing commitment to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity, to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment. She has already exceeded her initial goal of £10,000.

An Easter Bunny Hunt was held in Dunnottar Woods earlier this month in support of the charity, and now two friends who have been inspired by Suzanne have dedicated their upcoming charity concert to raising money for the cause.

The Old School Indie Charity gig, to be held in the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on June 3, has been organised by former Mackie Academy pupils Abe Taylor, who lives in Inverbervie, and his friend Grant Stephen, and will play host to John Power, best known from his time in Cast and the LA’s, supported by Nick Mercer JR (Sergeant), as well as a local suport act.

Abe told the Leader: “We were inspired by Suzanne Davies and her family’s courage and positive attitude in handling a brain tumour diagnosis by just getting on with it and making the most of life and raising thousands for charity along the way. We can’t relate to the situation, but we can relate to being fathers ourselves so understand the courage shown which is simply inspiring. We know the gig won’t change the world, but we wanted to contribute to their great funding raising efforts and generally just have a good time and show support, as the world is a better place if we all stick together and support each other a little more.”

Tickets cost £15 + booking fee from Aberdeen Performing Arts/Aberdeen Music Hall, and 100% of profits will go to the the Brain Tumour Charity. The two friends already have a successful Old School Indie gig under the belt, having raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK in September 2014 when they were joined by Mark Morris (The Bluetones) and Chris Helme (The Seahorses) and local lads Daniel Milne and Jason Blackhall.