Young at heart

A singer/songwriter from the southside is hosting a concert to help raise money for a charity close to his family’s heart.

Scott McDonald’s mother, Lorna McDougall, (66) from Eaglesham, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2009.Since then she has slowly disintegrated and she can now no longer speak.

Prior to falling victim to MND, Mrs McDougall was a keen volunteer involved in charity work with Macmillan Nurses

MND is a progressively disabling and ultimately fatal neurological disease for which there is no known cause, and no known cure.

Mr McDonald is hoping to raise £3,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland as a thankyou for the care the charity has given his mother and to try and help other sufferers.

To aid his effort to raise the cash, the acoustic solo artist has gathered together some of his friends from the music business who will join him in a performance at Glasgow’s ABC2 later this month.

Among them are the McCluskey Brothers, the former members of the pop group The Bluebells and the men behind the hit “Young at heart”.

Mr McDonald has borrowed the title of their signature tune to use as the name of the benefit. Martin Stephenson of The Daintess, bluegrass group the Moonshiners and Lorna Brooks will also perform, while the intimate event will be compered by comedian and BBC radio playwright Bruce Morton.

Scott McDonald told The Extra: “To hear my mum has MND was a complete and utter shock to myself, the family and everybody that knows her.

“I guess you think these things just happen to others, especially as it’s such a rare disease. Nothing could prepare me for that.

“It has been a slow disintegration for her so the concert has been a welcome distraction to try and keep us all going.

“I hope I can raise awareness about this terrible disease with the help of my friends and this event”.

The show takes place on January 30 at ABC2 on Sauchiehall St and tickets are available from £10 at Ticketweb.