A small community choir has overwhelmed the family of one of its members after raising more than £13,000 for their son suffering from a rare condition.

Members of the Llangwm Male Voice Choir donated their voices to a special fundraiser on behalf of four year old Morgan Ellis, of nearby Growine, Cerrig Y Drudion, who is receiving ongoing treatment for autoimmune encephalitis.

Lowri Ellis, Morgan's mother, said: "It's such a big amount for such a small community. Everyone donated, everyone showed up. They worked so hard."

The condition, which was first recognised in 2005, is a rare response of the body's immune system attacks the brain.

After being diagnosed in May last year, exactly a year after his father Elgan - who works for Jones Brothers in Ruthin - joined the choir, Morgan required chemotherapy every month at Alder Hey children's hospital to suppress his immune response.

A s a response, the choir rallied around the family, organising a a charity fund raising event held at Plas Isa, Corwen on November 25.

Many nearby businesses sponsored the event, with so many donations being offered that a raffle for the family was turned into an auction, with one of the most popular lots being a day out rallying with Arwel Pen Ucha.

Mrs Ellis said: "Unfortunately It was an evening event and Morgan did not attend he was at the time still having chemotherapy treatment and so he was very vulnerable to any infection . He was also at the time recovering with shingles.

"Morgan needs one of us to be on hand, so I stayed with him while Elgan attended with the choir.

"I did manage to get out to it for a few hours though, it was one of the first events I attended publicly since Morgan fell ill.

"It was very overwhelming."

Cheques of £3,000 were presented to First Responders of Uwchaled, with similar amounts donated on behalf of the choir to Air Ambulance Wales and Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's

Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Alder Hey.

Bethan Smallwood, the Llangwm Male Voice Choir spokesperson said: "We, the organised this concert in Plas Isa in response to the sudden and severe illness of a Elgan’s son Morgan.

"The final amount of around £13,000 is truly wonderful and has surprised everyone."

Morgan is now back home, and has completed chemotherapy with the family are looking for support to help him attend Ysgol Cerrigydrudion.

Mrs Ellis added: "Morgan is still undergoing mild immuno-suppressive treatment and other treatments currently and Alder Hey are keeping a close eye on things we have an excellent team there and in North Wales.

"He is having to relearn many childhood skills in order to prepare him for a return to normal schooling in the future.

"He's a lot stronger in himself now, especially since coming home, but we have to take it day by day."