Concert at St Andrew’s Church to help poorly Bilton pupil

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A Bilton girl who suffers from liver disease has inspired a fundraising concert to be held next week.

Classical musician Jane Rogers, who lectures at the Royal Academy of Music, has organised the free event to help the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

The charity has been vital for her four-year-old niece Eleanor Brinkley, a Bilton Infant School pupil.

Jane, who plays the viola, will be performing at the lunchtime concert at St Andrew’s church on Tuesday January 14 at 1pm with Nathaniel Mander, a professional harpsichord player.

Money donated at the event will be split between St Andrew’s church and the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Jane said: “The money will go towards funding research and helping the charity that has been so important to Eleanor and her family.

“My niece and her brother, Tom, have been so brave through everything in recent years, as have my sister and her husband.”

Problems with the liver are associated with a huge range of illnesses for people of all ages, ranging from hepatitis to autoimmune liver disease.

Eleanor suffers from a rare form of liver disease which is hereditary and makes her tired easily. Unless an alternative form of treatment can be found, she will need a liver transplant in the coming years.

Jane, who has recently moved to Rugby from London, said: “Eleanor was diagnosed about three years ago and from the off the charity was of great comfort to everyone and helped the whole family deal with the shock of what had happened.

“Eleanor has been so brave throughout her treatment and it’s hoped that by the time she needs a transplant, treatment may have advanced so much that she may not need one.”