Brave Wayne's 'amazing' day at tribute gig
A CHARITY night in aid of a blind diabetes sufferer who needs a kidney transplant raised more than £1,000 to help improve his quality of life.
Wayne Pugh said he was overwhelmed at the number of people who turned out to show their support.
The 29-year-old, of Abbey Hulton, lost his sight due to complications brought about by his diabetes, which has also now damaged his kidneys.
Fifteen tribute acts took to the stage at Smallthorne Pioneer Club, in Chetwynd Street, for the fund-raising concert.
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The money raised will pay for a voice activated phone and computer, which will allow Wayne to regain some of his independence.
Wayne, who has been spending four-and-a-half hours on a dialysis machine three times a week, said: "It was amazing how many people turned up to support the event.
"It's been difficult for me at times over the last few weeks, but I'm feeling good at the minute and I'm still standing.
"I've just got to deal with it and get on with my life."
Tribute acts included Really Robbie, The Gaga, and Take That tribute Beautiful Circus, as well as Longton Elvis impersonator, and Stars In Their Eyes winner Gordon Hendricks.
All of the acts, and the venue, were offered to the family free of charge.
A total of £1,055 was collected, through a combination of ticket sales and donations.
Dad John Pugh, aged 66, of Horton Drive, Weston Coyney, said: "It was an amazing night and the acts were fantastic.
"Gordon brought the house down at the end and we can't thank him enough for his performance.
"We've now got enough money to buy a special voice activated phone for Wayne, and some money to go towards getting him a voice activated computer.
"Wayne found it very hard at first when he lost his eyesight, and he also loses his energy quite easily.
"He's been having treatment on his eyes, but it's more to do with reducing his pain rather than getting his vision back, because the blood vessels keep growing and bursting.
"Having things like the phone and a computer are going to improve his quality of life and give him that bit more independence.
"He's being trained to walk with a stick and hopefully he will be given a guide dog in the not so distant future."
Wayne's 35-year-old brother Craig has pledged to provide a kidney for his brother, and is waiting to be given a date for the operation.
Mum Ann, aged 61, said: "We can't thank Mainstream Entertainment enough for supplying all the acts for Wayne, and also the venue for letting us hire it for free."