Paul Weller gigs for little Roxi

Gazette: Paul Weller perfoming at a gig to support the Help Roxi Walk campaign Paul Weller perfoming at a gig to support the Help Roxi Walk campaign

THE Modfather has helped to raise £4,000 to support Roxi Aldrich.

Roxi, two, from New Town, Colchester, was born with cerebral palsy.

Her parents, Joe Aldrich and Adi Martinkovicova, want to raise £50,000 so she can have surgery in the USA to enable her to walk.

Paul Jones, a member of Sixties band Manfred Mann, hosted a gig at the Cranleigh Arts Centre, in Surrey. He agreed to donate part of the proceeds to the Help Roxi Walk campaign and invited the former Jam and Style Council star to play.

Mr Aldrich, who fronts Colchester band LaVendore Rogue under his stage name, Jojo Burgess, was also invited to perform with the band’s guitarist, Joel Fisk.

The event has taken the campaign total to £30,000.

Mr Aldrich said: “I approached Paul Jones via his agent and the producer of his show on Radio 2.

"Three or four weeks later, I got a call from Paul to say he would be delighted to support the campaign – on the proviso he sang a few songs with me.

"It was a big secret, but Paul Weller came along to play, too. It was a nice surprise.”

To support the appeal, visit justgiving.com/helproxiwalk.

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