Young people with disabilities who attend Plymouth’s Beckley Centre will soon be playing a sweeter tune, thanks to the efforts of one of its members of staff.

Jodie Saunders raised a bumper £900 to buy musical instruments for the youngsters by organising a special entertainment evening with two headline acts.

Poet, comedian, musician and song writer John Hegley topped the bill at the event, which attracted more than 150 people.

Best known for his numerous books and his appearances on television programmes like Never Mind the Buzzcocks, John promised the audience a night of fun and laughter and went out of his way to deliver.

Appearing with him at the Staddy Function Suite was storyteller, singer and musician Iwan Kushka, who shared his wonderful way of combining stories, sounds and music.

Twenty-two-year old Jodie was delighted with the way the evening went and with the amount of money raised.

“It means we will now be able to buy the musical instruments we wanted and these will play an important part in the development of youngsters who attend the centre,“ she said.

“I would like to thank both John and Iwan for a real night to remember and for their support for such a good cause. I’d also like to thank HiQ for sponsoring the evening.”

Jodie was so intent on getting the event off the ground that she had planned to cover the cost of the expenses of the two entertainers herself. But when HiQ Plymouth learned of the venture it stepped in and sponsored the whole evening.