Craige takes on Great Manchester run in the name of love

Singer Debbie Barker liked nothing better than performing Motown hits as part of a Diana Ross and the Supremes tribute group.

By News Team on February 4, 2020

Debbie Barker (right) in a Diana Ross and the Supremes tribute group.

Now that her showbiz days are over, she is facing another supreme challenge.

Debbie, from Cheadle Hulme, has multiple sclerosis and her condition has deteriorated so much since she was diagnosed 15 years ago that she is now unable to walk and struggles to eat.

Debbie undergoes therapy at St Ann’s in Heald Green where she is treated for secondary progressive MS at its Being You Centre.

Husband, Craige, is so thankful for the support that he is fundraising for us, including taking part in the Great Manchester Run.

Debbie is fairly weak and cries with pain some days, but she enjoys going to St Ann's. The staff and volunteers are lovely people and the care is so personal and compassionate. Craige - Debbie's husband

Debbie inherited her musical interest from her father Bill, a big band saxophonist who died at the hospice in 2008.

Debbie had her own band and was a successful jazz and blues singer. She was one of the Supremes in a Diana Ross tribute group and used the stage name Glasgow. Craige

Craige, who has already raised more than £500, is a photographer. His images appeared on Peter Hook’s last album cover and the Hacienda Classics album.

Musical friends include Tim Burgess, singer with The Charlatans, who has supported his charity efforts.

Craige had skin cancer this year after pneumonia and sciatica, so the 10km run in May will be his most challenging sporting test.

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