10:45AM, Tuesday 25 February 2014
Scottish superband Simple Minds has given a major boost to a family's efforts to help a little girl walk.
Lead singer Jim Kerr was told about eight-year-old Vivi Gregory-Osborne by his childhood friend Joe Donnelly, who is organising a fundraising night for her at the Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture in St Leonards Road, Windsor, on Saturday, March 8.
Jim responded by offering a VIP trip to Simple Minds' Kew Gardens gig in July - to be auctioned at the Firestation. The band will also double the money raised that evening.
Joe's gig at Windsor is just the latest of many events for Vivi, who lives in York Avenue. He has put together a four-piece house band for his concert. His daughter Megan and the Windsor-based Sing-out Choir will also take part.
Vivi was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy in 2008. She underwent an operation 16 months ago in Bristol to cut her nerves and unlock muscles that would allow her in time to walk pain free.
But the family has been denied funding for the continued treatment - the operation alone cost £25,000 - and now needs money to continue.
Joe, a father-of-two who lives in Devereux Road, Windsor, grew up with Jim Kerr in Glasgow.
He said: "It's a fabulous gesture. I'm really grateful to Jim and the boys."
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