Teenager uses birthday to support local charities

Dalkeith teenager Callum Clement celebrated his 18th birthday by organising a fundraising gig. The proceeds were split between Alzheimer Scotland and Dalkeith Guitar Club.

Dalkeith teenager Callum Clement celebrated his 18th birthday by organising a fundraising gig. The proceeds were split between Alzheimer Scotland and Dalkeith Guitar Club.

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Dalkeith teenager Callum Clement celebrated his 18th birthday by organising a fundraising gig for two local charities.

The live music event, which took place at the Corner Pocket Snooker Club, raised £1,000.

Proceeds from the concert will be shared by Alzheimer Scotland and Dalkeith Guitar Club. Callum’s grandmother died in June after suffering dementia in her later life and the teenager wanted to raise funds to support work to help individuals with the condition.

Music at the fundraising concert was provided by The Tubby Horse Company and members of Dalkeith Guitar Club.

Callum, who lives in Gibraltar Road, has been a member of the guitar club for some time and wanted to acknowledge the contribution that the club has made to his all round development as a musician.

The former Dalkeith High pupil performs regularly with The Tubby Horse Company.

He is also involved in a community band with Drake Music Scotland and helps at some of their music sessions on a voluntary basis.

Callum, who has autism, recently performed with The Tubby Horse Company by invitation of the National Autistic Society at the European International Autism Congress in Edinburgh.

Dad David said: “Rather than going out and having a wild time he is running a gig and raising funds for a couple of voluntary sector organisations. It was really good of him to do that. We are really proud of him.”