Hugo Duncan: 'Nashville shows charitable side with concert in memory of Daniel'
I have, from time to time, commented on the generosity of country music enthusiasts and dancers in relation to their response to charitable causes.
But I was particularly touched this week to learn that a country concert is to be held in Nashville shortly to help raise funds for two charities here: Assistance Dogs NI and Magherafelt-based Families with Autism Coming Together for Support.
Just over two months ago, eight-year-old Daniel Bradley was knocked down and killed by a car on the Glenshane Road, Maghera.
His death sparked an outpouring of grief and has triggered support for the autism charity, in particular, as Daniel was a pupil at Kilronan School in Magherafelt, which caters for children with special needs.
His parents, James and Janice, have been very much to the fore in spearheading the drive to raise funds and I was delighted to hear that top musicians in Nashville are coming together to lend a helping hand.
It appears they met some folks from Nashville in August and they have been in touch with the Bradley family since the tragedy, asking what they can do to help.
James Bradley is a noted musician, the Nashville people were aware of this and hence the idea of a country fundraising concert was born.
James and Janice have been overwhelmed by the response to their drive for funds, with James commenting: "Daniel's death has done more for autism awareness in the past eight weeks than I had fought for in the past eight years."