A HEYBRIDGE man is organising a charity concert in memory of his late wife and the organisation that she supported.

Jamie Mcmillan, 69, of Hilary Close, Heybridge, lost his wife Margaret, in November last year after more than 40 years of marriage.

She spent the last several years of her life working at Action for Family Carers, a Maldon based charity that offers support to the carers of loved ones in order to give them rest and respite.

In her memory, Jamie, along with his son and daughter, have organised a charity concert at Heybridge Swifts’ Scraley Road ground on July 29.

Jamie said: “Margaret passed away last year. We ran a similar concert in 2010 and 2011 raising money for the Air Ambulance trust, and we thought it would be a good idea to try and revive the concert in memory of Margaret and to raise money for Action for Family Carers.

“My wife worked in care all her life. And for the last few years she spent time at Action for Family Carers.It is an amazing charity, doing amazing work. What they do is incredible. It is run for the people who care for loved ones who have suffered a stroke or are dealing with dementia.

“The charity takes care of the person for a day to allow the carer to have a day off so to speak, and to grab some respite, which is hugely important.”

Heybridge Swifts are hosting the event free of charge, and Jamie said he and his family were hugely grateful for the gesture.

He added: “They are a community club and what they are doing is great. We came to them with the idea and they couldn’t have been more helpful. It is going to be free entry to get in, with people able to make a donation inside.

“There will be some great local bands performing on the day. There will be everything from ukulele music to heavy rock. It is very family orientated and we will have something there for everyone.”

Doors will open on the day at 12.30pm, with music running between 1.30pm and 9pm. For more information on the work the charity do, visit affc.org.uk.