MySql concat


I have a sql query which is using concat to select records using LIKE. If one of the fields in the CONCAT has null value then it does not appear in the results. Is there a way around this?
FROM Customer 
WHERE Deleted = 0 
AND Concat(firstname,Surname,Town,pCode,telHome,telWork,telMobile,adminEmail) LIKE '%smith%'

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
yes, you can coalesce that field to '' first.
AND Concat(coalesce(firstname,''), ':', coalesce(Surname, ''), ':', coalesce(Town,''), ':', coalesce(pCode, ''), ':', coalesce(telHome,''),':',coalesce(telWork,''),':',coalesce(telMobile, '') , ':',coalesce(adminEmail,'')) LIKE '%smith%'

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note: I would but separators between the values, to avoid false matches.
note2: you should check into full-text searching :)

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fajizzleAuthor Commented:
perfect thank you - and your handy hint is being looked into right now ;-)
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