WEST Kirby School is holding an event to raise cash for a former pupil to achieve his American dream and awareness about families dealing with disabilities on Saturday night.

Cal Ruddy, 21, from New Brighton was approached to perform at San Diego Beatles Week and is now trying to raise £5,000 to fly out to the festival with someone to accompany him on his travels as he has Asperger's Syndrome and anxiety.

Cal wanted to make sure that the fundraiser highlighted the importance of supporting young people with hidden disabilities while achieving his dream. 

Other artists such as Ladies and Rob Hardie will join Cal on stage alongside the school's very own talent and students from the Wirral Hospital School.

It is hoped the night will inspire others to promote awareness of children with disabilities and their talents.

During his journey Cal has worked with CAMHS, Wirral Hospital's School and Birkenhead School to raise awareness of barriers to learning and mental illness while raising money and inspiring local students.
To show their support Chloe Jones from the Autistic Society and a representative from Wirral CAMHS will attend.

Cal said: “I was one of the children with a hidden disability that tried to put on a brave face within a mainstream school. In doing so I had a mental breakdown at age 8. Without West Kirby School, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.

"As a musician, funds are always tight and I really don’t have the money to fund flights to America and back including accommodation and transportation costs for while I’m there.

“Having Aspergers doesn’t help my anxieties either so I’d need someone to travel with me which adds to the cost. All in all I’m looking to raise around £5,000 to cover the costs of everything."

Last year Cal released his first single Communication and played 150 gigs across the country along with a performance at the Liverpool premiere of Beatle documentary, 8 Days A Week.

He has also raised more than £2,000 for Wirral CAMHS, a charity which has helped Cal overcome some obstacles. 

He added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and could be the start of something really big. I know everybody can’t afford to donate, but if you can donate anything at all, I’d really appreciate it.”

Tickets are £5 and are available from the school, The West Kirby Tap or The Wro.

For more information visit: https://www.gofundme.com/get-cal-ruddy-to-the-usa