A CONCERT held to help fund treatment for a Bournemouth mum diagnosed with terminal cancer has raised £3,500.

More than 200 people turned out at Trinity Methodist Church in Southbourne last weekend for the event, which was organised by Dr Daniel Jeyatheva for Sheila Kelly.

The mum-of-two from Southbourne was diagnosed with a kidney tumour five years ago. The tumour was only discovered following a fall.

Since then, Sheila has undergone a number of operations and treatments and has recently been told she has multiple tumours on her pancreas and kidneys.

In September, an online appeal was set up to raise £60,000 towards the cost of stereotactic radiotherapy, which is not currently available through the NHS. The treatment has been used successfully in the UK, US and Europe.

Dr Jeyathev said: “We were expecting about 100 people in total, and in the end, we had more than 200 people.

"I was also hoping to raise about £2,000 from the concert, but to date, we have raised more than £3,500 from the concert and donations related to the concert."

The packed event started with a rendition of You Raise Me Up by the St George’s Singers. There were also performances from Charlotte Gallagher, Kizzi Bennett and Christopher McKinley.

Dr Jeyatheva said: “The financial gain aside, the whole concert had such a positive feel about it.

"You could feel God’s presence and you could feel the love from all the people who came, and you could see that they were there to partly enjoy an evening of music, but mainly to try and help and support Sheila.

"Sheila herself brought her two daughters and husband, and they were a real credit to her. Sheila made some introductory comments, and many a tear was shed at that stage."

The Go Fund Me appeal has so far raised £21,957. To make a donation, visit gofundme.com/letshelpsheila?member=793430.