Hatfield great-grandmother seeks theatrical talent for medical fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 10:42 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 26 October 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 in Hatfield has turned talent scout to organise a concert in aid of her son’s medical costs.

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

Tireless Doreen Osborne, 81, is looking for volunteer acts for an international concert to be held at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans on November 25.

For the last eight years her son Michael, who is 61, has suffered 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.”

Surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital to put valves in his lungs has not helped, and the advanced treatment he needs is no longer available in the UK on the NHS.

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

To get Michael back on his feet, he needs to see a specialist in Germany costing £26,000.

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

She will hold a tabletop sale this Saturday October 28 at St John’s Church in Hatfield, starting 10.30. 
Now she is looking to organise her biggest event yet - an internationally-themed concert in St Albans.

The theatre has donated the use of the venue, but Doreen needs people to volunteer to perform in order to make money for the health fund.

“This is a charity event, we just need a small amount of your time which could make an enormous difference to Michael’s life,” she said.

She is looking for all types of acts that reflect different world cultures to fit the concert’s international theme.

Without the help, she said Michael has limited independence and needs assistance to get around.

She said: “I’d do anything for any of my family.

“You’d do it for your son - you’d do exactly the same.

“I have a wonderful family and some very supportive friends because these things you just can’t do on your own.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now and cost £10.

To volunteer to perform or to book tickets, call Doreen on 01707 883090.

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