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Banding together for Oscar.

Byline: Marie Levy

MUSICIANS from across Teesside are joining forces to help a three-year-old boy stand on his own two feet.

And a sponsored run has also been organised to help little Oscar Worton.

As previously reported in the Gazette, Oscar was diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy at only a few months old. The life-long condition restricts movement in the legs and arms.

Doctors believe his only chance of walking unaided is to have expensive twice-yearly therapy in London.

The treatment has already helped Oscar, of Kirklevington, improve his head and hand control, but costs pounds 3,100 a session.

Touched by the story, Ian Wall of Eaglescliffe has been fundraising for Oscar's treatment since October 2005. And next month, he is set to hold his biggest event yet when he puts on a concert at the central hall at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington.

Headlining the gig will be local indie band The Lurios, who went down well with crowds at this year's Middlesbrough Music Live.

They will be supported by an impressive line-up of local rock bands and solo singers.

Ian said he is hoping to fill the hall, which holds 450 people. The concert takes place on Thursday, July 19 from 7pm.

There will also be an auction and a raffle. Top prizes include a flat screen television, an acoustic guitar, a football signed by Ronaldinho and boxing gloves signed by Darlington boxer Argie Ward.

Tickets are pounds 10 and are on sale now from the Dolphin Centre reception, Borge's Restaurant in Stockton, the Golden Cock pub in Darlington, The Crown in Kirklevington or by calling Ian on the number below.

Ian has also organised a sponsored 16-mile run from Northallerton to Darlington on Sunday, July 15. Runners, which include Ian's sons Andrew, 18, and Jonathan, 14, will set off at around 9am and arrive in Darlington Market Square between 11am and 11.30am.

Any bands or singers who want to get involved in the concert or any runners who want to complete the run can contact Ian on 07970 125372.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 3, 2007
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