A finalist on Britain’s Got Talent is holding a variety show in aid of a charity dreamed up by a friend who died at 37 after having a heart and lung transplant.
Nicola Langlands, from Pevensey Bay, died in December last year.
In 1989 she was the 12th child in the UK to have a lung and heart transplant and was told by doctors it may only give her five extra years to live. But against the odds she lived for 25 years one of the longest surviving heart-lung transplant patient in England. And was able to become a mother, giving birth to her daughter Megan. Before her death, mum-of-one Nicola had been campaigning to make people aware of being a donor and worked to give talks about her experience.
She dreamed of setting up charity Look Beyond the Heart to help support patients and held events to raise money for it. To raise the £5,000 needed to officially register the charity, Britain’s Got Talent 2013 finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, put on a show at the Devonshire Park theatre and raised more than £8,000.
Steve said, “Nicola was delighted and was in the audience on the night, she said a few words after the show and appreciated everyone who turned out for us.
“Nicola knew the money would launch her charity and she was so happy, but her health got worse and she passed away two months later. It was then at her service her family announced they would take the charity, register it and dedicate their time in making Nicola’s dream a reality.”
Steve is putting on Alfie’s Starquest on October 25 at Royal Hippodrome Theatre.
Steve added, “It’s all in aid of Nicola.
“A young lady who left her mark on many lives.
“She was so funny and cheeky.
“I’m just sad she won’t be at the future events in person but I know she will be smiling down on us watching her charity make others happy.”