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Concert being held to raise £20k for ' brain tumour' boy

NEEDS HELP: Nathan Francis

KINDHEARTED DONORS are being asked to help raise funds to save the sight of a nine-year–old, who is suffering from brain tumours.

They are being urged to come out and give generously during a concert, which is being held around 7:45 pm tonight (Nov 17) at the Harper Suite in Bedford, to help raise £20,000 needed to give Nathan Francis sight saving treatment.

Nathan, from Bedfordshire, has been in and out of Great Ormond Street hospital in London for most of his life. He suffers from low grade Glioma, a type of tumour that starts in the brain or spine. He has five brain tumours and there are also tumours along his spine.

Emma O'Connor, who is organising tonight’s fundraising concert with other friends and supporters of Nathan’s family, told the Voice via email: “Four of the tumours are inactive, however the fifth tumour is new, is actively growing and is wrapped around his optic nerve which could cause Nathan to lose his sight if it was to be operated on.

“He currently needs to have a chemotherapy medication called Avastine, which is available from the United States, and has a good success rate, as it targets only the tumour…The current cost is £20,000+.”

Artists that will be supporting the event will be Lytie, Elaine Simpson, Colin Williams, Carren Richards and Leroy Morrison. The comedian for the night will be Bro Moses, with dancing by Sharlene Rodney. Shona McGarty aka Whitney from Eastenders will be performing her Children in Need rendition 'Change Gonna Come' accompanied by Gospel Singers Inc.

Persons can also donate money at http://www.justgiving.com/nathan-francis1

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