The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue has said music therapy helped his mother Ailish to speak again after she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2014.

O'Donoghue and his bandmates Mark Sheehan and Glen Power were honoured with the Best International Act award at UK music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins' Silver Clef Awards in London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday. The awards help to raise funds for the charity's work.

"Music helps to re-knit the neuro pathways," O'Donoghue told the Press Association on the red carpet at the awards. 

"The first time my mother was able to speak again was when she heard her favourite song and sang along.

"Up until that point we didn't think there was a chance of that. We've seen it first-hand, which is why The Script are here.

"We don't usually come to award shows. We normally shun away from that kind of stuff," O'Donoghue continued.

"But for us this is a big event and it is such an honour to be even asked to check out the charity's facilities.

"I'm sad that there aren't more because there is a bit of a waiting list.

"Through days like today, hopefully we can open up more music facilities like the Nordoff Robbins ones we've seen."

Among those joining The Script at the awards were fellow winners Robert Plant, Ellie Goulding and George Ezra.