Soprano Lawrie Baxter organises charity concert in Lanark

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

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Clydesdale soprano Lawrie Baxter makes her return to the stage in Lanark – with a special fundraiser for an illness rarely talked about.

Lawrie (29) will be joined at the St Nicholas Church Hall concert by guest stars Margaret Woods and Lauren Weir in a fundraiser in aid of Lupus UK and the Strathclyde Lupus Group.

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

The illness affects 50,000 people in the UK and often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system.

The course of the illness is unpredictable, with periods of illness, called flares, alternating with remissions, and it often takes a long time to diagnose.

Lupus occurs more often in women than in men and Lawrie is only just getting to grips with the illness after a nightmare couple of years.

For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette, which is in the shops now.

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Soprano singer Lawrie Baxter (29) will be performing a charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Lanark for sufferers of systemic lupus erythematosus'23/9/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison