Wine tasting raises hundreds for boy with muscular dystrophy

PUBLISHED: 06:55 27 February 2019

Diana Lyalle hosting a wine tasting event in aid of Luke's Army.

Diana Lyalle hosting a wine tasting event in aid of Luke's Army.

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Wine fans spent an evening sampling beverages to raise money for a Nailsea boy with muscular dystrophy.

Diana Lyalle put on a wine tasting night at the Trinity Centre in Nailsea to mark Go Orange day, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Diana, from Wine Time Events, is supporting the charity after being inspired by her neighbour Luke who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2017 at the age of four.

His 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.

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

Guests enjoyed a range of wines from The Wine Shop in Winscombe and Tout’s Budgens in Nailsea.

There was also an orange-themed wine and spirits quiz with a bottle of bubbly up for grabs.

Diana said: “The wine tasting sold out, and in combination with the raffle, we have so far raised just over £400, which exceeded our expectations.

“It was a fun event and we all enjoyed meeting new people and chatting about the wines in aid of such a fantastic cause.

“Above all else we raised awareness of Luke’s condition and the vital work done by Muscular Dystrophy UK support sufferers in the UK.”

The Wine Shop donated a hamper of treats as a raffle prize and Tout’s Budgens gave wine vouchers to the cause.

Diana added: “The coffee lounge at the Trinity Centre in Nailsea was the perfect setting, and the Trinity Centre team made us very welcome.

“The feedback from the guests was very positive, so we hope we can arrange another event to raise more funds which are desperately needed – every one of the 70,000 muscular dystrophy sufferers in the UK faces deterioration of their condition over time which means they will need more care, aids and equipment.

“So far Luke’s Army has raised more than £61,000 to try to help them – and maybe one day, perhaps a cure will be found.”

Since his diagnosis, Luke’s family and friends plus schools, groups and businesses in Nailsea have also organised a fundraising disco and taken part in a Santa run.

To donate, visit www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-involved/family-funds/funds/lukes-army

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