A ROCK singer proved his mettle after hosting a gig in aid of fellow multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Clark French, lead singer of Reading-based band Inanimacy, presented Berkshire MS Therapy Centre staff with remaining donations from his

MS-Tival Festival on Thursday.

Last month's gig at Face Bar, in Chatham Street, West Reading, raised £910 for the August End-based charity.

Ten heavy metal bands entertained a 100-strong crowd, with Clark, who was diagnosed with the degenerative disease last year aged 25, taking to the stage for a guest appearance with headliners Kraken.

The Reading University student, from Chesterman Street, Katesgrove, who often has trouble walking but can get around without using sticks or crutches, said: "It's the first time I have got on stage for a year.

"It felt good but also very emotional and a couple of my friends were in tears in the audience."

The centre, based in August End, West Reading, is close to his heart because he receives physiotherapy there and his mother, Julie Campbell, is a fellow sufferer.

He also spent his childhood years caring for his stepfather, Richard Ramsden, before the disease claimed his life in 1996.

Clark, who set up young person's group Action4MS is keen to host future gigs on behalf of the centre. He added: "It's been a lifeline for me - they've helped me and my family so much over the years. MS has been a big part of my life but it's boosted my confidence knowing I can help other people."

Visit the Action4MS Facebook page or see www.bmstc.org