A memorial concert, held in honour of beloved local music teacher Marie Cherry, has raised almost £2,000 for charity.
The mum-of-two, from Dickens Heath, tragically passed away in the spring of 2013 from SUDEP–sudden death in epilepsy.
Marie had only developed the condition when she was 31 and was coping well until the evening of April 23.
She had returned home from work complaining of feeling tired. Marie later had a seizure and died.
“Marie was my beautiful wife, a young lady of 37 enjoying life to the full,” said husband Chris on Epilepsy Research UK’s website. “Then all of a sudden she was gone. The loss of Marie is so immense, and there is a huge hole in our family and a space that will never be filled within me.”
To commemorate her life, and love of music, Chris, sister Kay Salisbury and friend Fiona Harrison arranged Marie’s Memorial Concert, on what would have been her 39th birthday.
More than 200 people gathered in Dickens Heath Village Hall on July 5 to enjoy performances by the children of Dickens Heath School, and several of her former pupils performed pieces on the piano.
Her friend Sarah Jurkowski sang a moving duet with Anya Small of the song Because I Knew You from Wicked. Most touchingly, Marie’s sons James, aged 7, and Danie, aged 10, both performed, with James taking after his mum playing Snake Dance on the piano and Daniel joining his music teacher James Summerfield, from Hazel Oak School in Shirley, on stage to play the drums.
The funds will be split between Epilepsy Research and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.