Fundraiser Doreen disappointed to cancel concert in support of her son

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 November 2017

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

A great-grandmother from Hatfield has cancelled a concert in aid of her son’s medical costs after she was let down by the lack of support.

Doreen Osborne was organising a concert to raise money. Photo: Mia JankowiczDoreen Osborne was organising a concert to raise money. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Tireless Doreen Osborne, 81, was looking for volunteer acts for an international concert to be held at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans on November 25, but was left disappointed when only three acts came forward.

For the last eight years her son Michael, who is 61, has suffered with an unusually severe form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition that has left him using a wheelchair.

Doreen said: “He can walk about ten paces, but then he’s completely out of breath.”

Due to the advanced treatment that he needed it could no longer be funded on the NHS and the only way to get him back on his feet was to see a specialist at the Thoracic Clinic in Germany.

Tickets had not yet gone on sale. Photo: Mia JankowiczTickets had not yet gone on sale. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Michael’s family had to borrow £26,000 to fund his treatments and surgeries as payment was required up-front before Michael could be seen.

Doreen has been holding sales, concerts and fashion shows to get the money together, and has already raised £9,000 from a comedy night.

She also held a tabletop sale on Saturday at St John’s Church in Hatfield.

Doreen said: “I am so disappointed with the lack of support I have received for this concert.

“I needed 10 acts and only three volunteered their time, some acts even requested payment even though it’s for charity.

“It could have made an enormous difference to Michael’s life.

“I have been so stressed by people not signing up that I have lost sleep but I would like to thank all my friends and family for their help and to the three amazing acts who offered their support.

“I am not giving up and I will be fundraising again so watch this space.”

Tickets had not yet gone on sale and the theatre had offered the venue for free.

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