A CHARITY concert by Pam Ayres in Tewkesbury has raised £7,500 in aid of Motor Neurone Disease.

The concert, which took place on National Poetry Day this month, saw the famous poet bring her latest show to The Roses to make some cash for the local Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

A sell out crowd of 370 people enjoyed a selection of new poems and stories about the comic details of everyday life, along with some old favourites such as ‘They should have asked my husband’ and ‘Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth’.

There are over 5,000 people living with MND, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord, in the UK, with 40 in Worcestershire alone. There is currently no treatment that will halt the progression of the disease.

Pam does several charity events a year. She chose the MND Association as Michael Wenham, the vicar from her home village of Stanford in the Vale in Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with MND in 2001.

She said: “I’m delighted to be able to help raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause. It’s a dreadful and wicked disease and I know the money raised will go towards looking after people like Michael just when he needs it most.”

After the show, she talked to local people living with MND and signed copies of her new autobiography The Necessary Aptitude.

Commenting on the concert, Lindsay Gibson, Worcestershire Branch chairman, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Pam chose the MND Association as one of her charities this year. It was a wonderful, fun evening raising lots of laughs as well as a real boost to our fundraising.

“This money will help fund essential equipment, aids and adaptations for local people living with MND as well as contributing nationally towards vital medical research.”