Dalkeith mum’s charity secures £300,000

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A CHARITY set up by a Dalkeith mum has raised almost £300,000 thanks to an evening of art and classical music.

Attracting 180 supporters to Middle Temple in London on March 21, the fundraising event for the Muir Maxwell Trust saw an auction of work by a number of internationally-acclaimed artists, including Edinburgh sculptor Hector Guest.

Hector’s private commission of a bust secured £7,000, while Dutch sculptor Hanneka Beaumont’s piece raised £25,000 for the charity which supports children and young adults with epilepsy.

The charity’s founder Ann Maxwell, who set up the Trust in the name of her son Muir, said: “It was an amazing evening in a stunning location.

“I want to thank everyone who made the event possible. The funds raised will enable us to continue supporting young people and their families for another year as we enter the Trust’s second decade. A big thank you to the artists, who donated not only their artwork, but also their time to help us.

“A special thanks also goes to soprano Catriona Clark’s exquisite performance as Madame Butterfly, and the beautiful opening performance of Chopin on the piano by Karolina Czech, a music scholar from Fettes College.”

The Muir Maxwell Trust was started by Ann and Jonny Maxwell in 2003 after their son Muir was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy in infancy.

Over the past decade, the Trust has raised almost £8 million, which has been used to buy life-saving epilepsy alarms for families who have been affected by the brain disorder, as well as funding world-leading research into the diagnosis and treatment of complex epilepsies.