Ipswich rock night DJ Lorri Newman returns to host Halloween extravaganza at Unit 17 for MS patient

(L-R) Lorri Newman is putting on a boxing night to raise funds to help with treatment for his friend

(L-R) Lorri Newman is putting on a boxing night to raise funds to help with treatment for his friend Dane Jackson, who has been diagnosed with MS. - Credit: sarah lucy brown

A former DJ is coming out of retirement to host a Halloween fundraiser in Ipswich to support his friend who is suffering from a debilitating condition.

Lorri Newman has organised a boxing tournament and fancy dress party at Unit 17 next Monday to help pal Dane Jackson, who was last year diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Mr Jackson experiences a lot of pain and has to rely on a wheelchair and a frame to get around.

The 27-year-old has launched an appeal to raise £3,500 to take him to America or Canada, where he said there was greater access to treatment that could alleviate his symptoms.

“I have been through the depression stage of this, but I couldn’t keep letting it get me down,” said Mr Jackson, who lives in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich.

“I know I won’t suddenly wake up tomorrow and start running but I want to be better than I was yesterday.

“I spoke to a lot of people in different communities online over the past five months and a lot of people out there, especially in Canada, have offered to help.

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“I would love to be the guy who gets up from a wheelchair and walks out of the room again.

“I’m just trying to do what I can, that’s all I can do.”

Mr Jackson had to give up his job at the Golden Lion pub in Ipswich in February last year and one month later he was diagnosed with MS.

MS is a lifelong condition that affects the brain and/or spinal cord and can cause problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

Patients can become seriously disabled but in many cases it is possible to treat symptoms.

Mr Newman, 54, formerly ran the Monday Rock Night in Ipswich, which has been held at Zest, Fire and Ice, Liquid, The Malthouse, and is now at New York Exchange.

He officially hosted his last Rock Night in 2014 but this Halloween he is coming back for one night only to raise money for Mr Jackson and awareness of MS.

“I retired a couple of years ago and the club asked me to come back but I was in two minds,” he said.

“I saw a post from Dane and I got in touch with him and he is just wasting away. It gives me a reason to come back and do one more night.

“He’s a nice lad and I see him in the chair and he is still smiling but you can’t help but think it’s unfair.

“I just didn’t want to walk away and say ‘good luck’. This is my way of helping.”

On Monday, Mr Newman, of Saxmundham, is stepping out of the DJ booth and into the boxing ring to compete in a tournament ahead of a night of rock, indie and metal music.

Any experienced boxers or kick boxers who want to take part in the contest is asked to get in touch with Mr Newman via his Facebook page, which is under the name: Lorri ‘Berzerk’ Newman.

The event starts at 8pm and entry on the night is £6.66.

To support Mr Jackson’s cause visit: www.gofundme.com/Nomorepainfordane