Charity ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ award for kind-hearted Saddleworth blues musician

A LOCAL BLUESMAN put others first as he raised around £1,250 for charity – and he now has received an unexpected ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ award.

John Loydon – who performs as JSL – put on a Blues Gig at The Granby Arms in Uppermill in March to raise funds for little-known charity NMO Spectrum-UK.

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JSL and Debee at The Granby

John suffers with the rare neurological illness NeuroMyelitis Optica (NMO) and retired from mainstream music in 2003 after being diagnosed.

But he returned with his first public appearance, along with friends, in aid of the charity – and has now been named ‘Fundraiser of the Year 2015’ by them.

He said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and people I’ve never met to help me raise the funds for NMO SPECTRUM-UK.

“I was surprised and delighted to receive an award for doing something I really enjoyed. But it’s all down to the kindness of people who donated.

“Perhaps I should continue my ‘come-back’ at a few local open mic nights but it would be on a smaller scale.”

Debee Hardie, landlady of The Granby Arms who hosted the event, also received a certificate and letter of thanks.

Find out more about JSL’s music on his website: where 20 per cent of sales goes to NMO Spectrum-UK.


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