Alfie accepts choir cheque

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A Peterculter boy who suffers from a rare disease affecting his lymphatic system accepted a £1,000 cheque towards research into the disease from members of a local choir.

Alfie Milne, four, has lymphangiomatosis, which developed when he was six months old. It causes problems within his tissue, bones and lymphatic system.

Alfie and mum Tracy met Irene Burnett and Margaret Stapel, two members of The Acclamations Choir, and were presented with a cheque for £1,000.

This money will go towards research into the rare disease, through the Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease Alliance.

In the late 1980s, two ladies gathered a group of singers to make a cassette of sacred songs in memory of a Roman Catholic Priest who died young. The tape was such a success that the group, now called The Acclamations Choir, began holding regular concerts with all the monies raised going to help local children’s charities in the North-east.

Their next concert will be on May 16 at St Mary’s Church, King Street. The group has around 38 singers but is always looking for new members.

For more information about the choir, contact Margaret Stapel on (01224) 821029.

More information on Alfie’s Trust can be found at www.alfiemilne.org.uk