A concert for Tara after MND diagnosis

Tara Cruden (centre) with Bill Forbes, husband Nick, Dixie Forbes and Bobby Kumar. Pic: FPA
Tara Cruden (centre) with Bill Forbes, husband Nick, Dixie Forbes and Bobby Kumar. Pic: FPA
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Talented musicians from across the UK are coming to Kirkcaldy to perform in aid of a local singer.

Tara Cruden, who performed with the band Rhythm Dot Com, was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and has had to give up both working and performing.

Family and friends have now rallied round to help raise funds for the 39-year-old and have arranged a benefit concert to be held at the Beveridge Park Hotel, which will include a number of top performers.

Tara received her diagnosis in December.

She said: “The symptoms began last February. My hand wasn’t functioning properly and I was having a few stomach problems. I was sent for a few tests and they came back in December and told me what it was.”

She described the news as “devastating” and said that she and husband Nick have had to give up working.

“We had our own company carrying out property maintenance – fixing up properties for estate agents. As well as that I also played in the band and Nick drove taxis.

“We were busy people but once you’ve been diagnosed with a condition like this you’ve no option but to stop.”

Fund raising activity for the couple has been centred around The Heritage Bar on High Street which is owned by Tara’s aunt and uncle, Dixie and Bill Forbes.

“Everyone at The Heritage has been fantastic,” she said. “For such a small place they’ve been wonderful.

“Obviously because we had to stop working our finances dried up. Waiting on money coming through has been a lot of trouble so they held a few events to raise money for us. Tombolas, barbecue, karaoke, throwing things at my Uncle Bill - daft things like that.

“There’s a bucket in the pub and the old boys who play dominoes on a Saturday have put their winnings in.

“It’s played such a big part for such a small place.”

The line up for the concert includes jazz vocalist Glenn MacNamara who has performed all over the world.

He said: “What an honour it is to be involved. To help out in any way means a lot to Tara and her family.”

Joining Glenn will be Elliot Murray, an arranger for the BBC Big Band, and Neil Diamond tribute act Tom Scott.

Tara said: “The concert will be wonderful. My whole family have just been amazing. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

Tickets for the afternoon which begins at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24 cost £10 which includes a finger buffet. Call Bill Forbes on 01592 204770 or 07752860919, or they can be bought in The Heritage.