Church band will be hitting high notes for a good cause

John, Ben and Catherine Sweeney.
John, Ben and Catherine Sweeney.

A South Shields church band will be hitting a high note for a vital cause this weekend – to support a young member whose dad is battling a terminal disease.

The People’s Mission Church, based in Baring Street, South Shields, will be swinging open its doors for a free charity concert in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MDNA) on Saturday.

The church’s senior and junior band members will be tuning up at the event to rally round 10-year-old cornet player Ben Sweeney, whose dad John was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting condition two years ago.

Churchgoers will be urged to give donations to the MNDA during a collection held at the concert.

As well as Ben being part of the junior band, his mum Catherine is part of the senior band.

Ben, who is from New Herrington, Sunderland, completed a six-mile walk in aid of the charity on Sunday, with more than a dozen of his bandmates joining him.

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