Wine tasting fundraiser to support boy with muscular dystrophy

Diana Lyalle who is holding a wine tasting event for Luke's Army.

Diana Lyalle who is holding a wine tasting event for Luke's Army. - Credit: Archant

A wine tasting host is putting on a fundraising taster night in Nailsea to raise money for a boy with muscular dystrophy.

Diana Lyalle is hosting the wine tasting on February 1 to mark Go Orange day, which is organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK.

More: Community to go orange for Luke’s Army.

Diana, from Wine Time Events, has chosen to support the charity after being inspired by her neighbour Luke who was diagnosed with the condition in 2017 at the age of four.

Luke’s family set up the Luke’s Army fundraising campaign to support research into the condition and their friends and members of the community have been organising a host of events to raise money for the cause.

Diana said: “I am hosting this event to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity which helps 70,000 people in the UK who suffer with muscle-wasting disorders.


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“My inspiration is a young lad called Luke who lives in my road.

“He was recently diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is an awful, progressive life-shortening condition.

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“His parents have formed Luke’s Army and last year they raised a whopping £54,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK. So I want to do my bit towards this year’s total.”

“Being a freelance wines and spirits tutor and tastings host, I thought it would be fun to organise a wine tasting on Go Orange day, not least because this day marks the end of dry January.

“In addition to a wine tasting – including wines with an orange theme – there will be a quiz, an orange-themed cocktail, and a raffle to win a fabulous wine hamper kindly donated by The Wine Shop Winscombe. All proceeds will go to Luke’s Army.”

Family and friends, schools, groups and businesses in Nailsea have dressed up in orange, organised a fundraising disco and taken part in a Santa run.

More: Nailsea Santa run raises £1,000 for charity.

Diana will be sporting orange clothes in aid of the cause and guests are also welcome to wear the same.

The wine tasting is taking place at the Trinity Centre, in Church Lane, on February 1 from 7-9pm.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked by emailing dlyalle@winetimeevents.com or on 07772 055928.

Find out more information at www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-involved/family-funds/funds/lukes-army

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