Special beer will help ZZ Tops stroke victim in Seaton
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 04 April 2017
Fans of a talented Seaton musician, struck down by a devastating stroke, can now toast his health and aid his recovery.
A special beer has been brewed to help pay for specialist treatment for ZZ Tops’ tribute band star Nick Ryan.
The 53-year-old vocalist and guitarist, who is also part of the renowned duo Real World - with his wife Sarah - suffered an ischemic stroke in December. It has left him paralysed on his right side and unable to read, write or speak.
Because Nick and his wife were self-employed professional musicians and music teachers, it has meant the family is now facing huge financial difficulties. Overnight their earning capacity has halved.
Sarah is having to work full time to support sons Joseph, 16, and Rory, 14, along with visiting Nick in hospital in Exeter, up to five times a week. But luckily she runs a business she loves, working with young, upcoming vocalists and performers in local schools and at her studios.
She said: “People have been amazing and so helpful I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of love from people who genuinely want to help Nick and myself and our family.”
Amongst supporters have been Jo Birnie and fellow locals at the Masons Arms at Branscombe where Nick and Sarah regularly perform at the annual beer festival. And they have persuaded Ashley Rudd, regional manager of St Austell Brewery, to produce a new ‘Real World’ beer, named after the couple’s duo act. For every pint sold, St Austell contributes 50p towards Nick’s recovery, money needed for household adjustments and the ongoing therapy to help him regain his communication skills.
To make a direct contribution towards Nick’s rehabilitation visit: www.gofundme.com.Nick Ryan
To contribute to the Mardon neuro-rehabilitation centre where he is being treated: http://mardonleagueoffriends.co.uk/about.html
To sample Real World ale visit the Mason’s Arms at Branscombe.
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