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Fundraising music event for Solihull youngster who suffered life changing stroke

A ROCK concert is being held on Sunday to raise funds for Solihull youngster Joseph Lockington after he suffered a life changing stroke.

A ROCK concert is being held on Sunday to raise funds for Solihull youngster Joseph Lockington after he suffered a life changing stroke.

Billy Bone Idol, aka Andy Hickman, will be joined by his son Jack, Joseph’s best friend, and his band Killglass at the Slug and Lettuce at the back of Touchwood on April 7, from 4pm.

There will also be a fund raising raffle with some fantastic prizes, including a box selection donated by the Stereophonics which features all their albums and books, signed by the band.

When he’s not performing his Billy Idol tribute act, Andy has been putting his skills as a builder to work on helping the Lockington family adapt their home for Joseph.

The 16-year-old, who had his life turned upside down by a stroke in January 2012, has now been permanently discharged from hospital.

“We’ve done an awful amount on the house to get him home,” said Andy.

“His parents have been amazing. He hasn’t spent one night alone in hospital since he went in last year but now the family have got a chance of some normality.

“But there’s still loads to do to allow him to get round the house. We want to give him as much independence as possible.

“All the equipment costs an absolute fortune. The access points on the doors, using eye movements, cost £10,000 alone.”

Joseph and his parents Karen and Andrew are even hoping to take a break and go along for a short while to watch the tribute show.

Andy, who had his Billy Idol-styled boots stolen at his last charity gig, has bought a brand new pair of Union Jack Doc Martins for the performance.

Everyone can turn up on the day for the gig.

 

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