Talented Uckfield speech and drama youngsters performance

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TALENTED youngsters from Uckfield’s Academy of Speech and Drama performed An Afternoon of Performance at Belmont Hall on Sunday, March 27.

All the money raised has been donated to the charity Children with Leukaemia.

It was the brainchild of Academy principal and Ridgewood resident Nicola Martin, 29 who also plans to run the London Marathon on April 17. She’s dedicating her hard work to her 11-year-old cousin Sean who was diagnosed with leukaemia over Christmas. Sean is currently undergoing extreme chemotherapy.

Nikki said: “I would do anything I could to support him – but he lives in New Zealand which means I have had to try and be there for him in other ways. Children with Leukaemia is a wonderful charity and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to run the London Marathon for them and help stage this variety charity performance.”

Young performers sang, danced and acted their way through scenes from books, films and shows including Hairspray, Alice in Wonderland, Superfudge, Educating Rita, The Lion King, Snow White, The Cuckoo Sisters, orrid Henry, Cats and Oliver.

Children with Leukaemia was set up in February 1987 after the death of Paul O’Gorman, 14 whose sister Jean also died of cancer nine months later.

In the same year the family met Diana, Princess of Wales who was deeply moved by the double tragedy and helped start the charity, inaugurated in 1988.