Professional pianist Emma Pryde was housebound after years of struggling with colitis – a type of inflammatory bowel disease.
But after undergoing major surgery, the 36-year-old from Moortown is on the road to recovery and will host a concert in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
The concert, called ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’, will be held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Emma, who is a member of the Leeds and District Group of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, will perform classical and soul music alongside several of her musician pals.
Money raised will go towards capsule endoscopy systems at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, which will help diagnose the disease that currently affects around 3,000 people in Leeds.
Emma said: “As a colitis sufferer, I know how essential this equipment is.
“Instead of the patient having to swallow a small camera, they swallow a ‘video pill’ that travels through the gut, beaming images back to the scanner.
“Unfortunately there is a waiting list for the existing scanner for Leeds patients.”
Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Ann Castle, chose the cause for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal after a relative was diagnosed with Crohn’s.
She said: “Living with Crohn’s or colitis can be a real burden, not just for the patient but for their family too.
“The least we can do is to help cut waiting lists to ease suffering as soon as possible.”
The concert runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, October 21.
For tickets, which cost up to £10, visit: www.wyp.org.uk or call the box office on 0113 213 7700.
For more about the charity, visit: www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk