A diamond night beckons for Luke

Luke Malcolmson, who has a rare disease, is looking forward to a treat when Rough Diamond perform for him. Luke is pictured with his mam Jayne.
Luke Malcolmson, who has a rare disease, is looking forward to a treat when Rough Diamond perform for him. Luke is pictured with his mam Jayne.

A fundraising night to help a little boy with a life-limiting condition has just got even bigger.

A team of top people connected to the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts has offered their support for four-year-old Luke Malcolmson.

School owner Val Armstrong said they have stepped in to help with the production. She said: “We have arranged lighting Corey will provide sound.

“Hollie Sorelle will choreograph a Val Armstrong dance spectacular. My award-winning choir will sing and greet guests in the foyer on arrival.”

Val said she wanted to do “anything to help this little boy and his family”.

Luke has a condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is a currently incurable disorder which affects around one in 3,600 boys. It causes muscle degeneration and eventual death.

But ever since Luke was diagnosed at just 18 months old, his family have dedicated much of their life to raising funds to find a cure.

Mum Jayne is planning a huge fundraising night in the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool.

It will be held on Friday, November 15, with dance crew Ruff Diamond, also from the Whitby Street South studio, heading the bill.

Jayne, from the Elwick Road area of Hartlepool, is planning the charity night to raise money for a group called Action Duchenne.

The charity was set up 12 years ago and funds innovative research into a cure and effective medicines for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Tickets are £5 and available from Jayne on 07765 375110 or from Cope’s Studio hair and beauty salon in Raby Road.

Action Duchenne can be contacted on (0208) 556 9955 or by emailing info@actionduchenne.org