AN evening of music and laughter will take place in Newcastle tomorrow, aimed at raising funds for Dyslexia North East.
Simon Donald, the charity’s patron, stand-up comic and co-founder of Viz has organised the event at As You Like It in Jesmond, and has solicited a little help from his friends to make sure it goes with a swing.
Former Lindisfarne members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell are among the cast who have signed up for Crazy About Dyslexia, which will also feature an auction of ‘must- have’ items, yet to be revealed.
All the fun and frolics will raise funds for the charity which Simon got involved in after his diagnosis with special learning difficulties at the age of 40.
He said: “The charity is here to ensure that people with similar problems to my own are given the help they need to boost their confidence and to take advantage of the imaginative and creative skills which often flourish in the minds of dyslexics.
“I am sure the good people of Newcastle and even further afield will rally round to support such a wonderful charity that is desperately in need of funds just to keep going and also help identify and help others suffering from dyslexia.
“Crazy About Dyslexia should be a great night with the emphasis on music and fun and raising as much money as possible.”
Dyslexia North East has been a registered charity since 2009 and is affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association. It offers help and support to those affected by dyslexia and other related conditions. The charity organises regular workshops for parents and children as well as providing resources for pupils to be helped at home.
Funds from the charity concert will help needy youngsters and adults get the help they need.
Liz Ferguson, Dyslexia North East, said: “It is great to have Simon on board. He is an inspiration and shows just what can be achieved.
“Dyslexia is still very much brushed under the carpet with youngsters and adults alike cast aside and neglected. They are very often very talented and creative people with so much to offer. There is still a lot of work to be done and here at Dyslexia North East we are pleased to be able to make a start and scratch the surface.”
Simon added: “Looking back now, my school reports read like a joke, every teacher saying I was very bright but that I didn’t try hard enough.
“I left school at 16 and spent five years signing on, but I was lucky, my endeavours as a cartoonist made me very successful, but my self-confidence around my reading and writing have had life-long implications.”
Tickets for Crazy About Dyslexia cost £10 in advance and £12 on the door and are available from www.dyslexianortheast.org