Pupils put on a show for local hospices

M.A.D Youth Tribute SUS-141030-173857001
M.A.D Youth Tribute SUS-141030-173857001

A music and dance show organised by a 15-year-old student has raised more than £1,940 for two local hospices.

The M.A.D Youth Tribute show was put on by Kirstin Blakemore in memory of her grandfather, who passed away in May earlier this year.

The money raised from the show, which currently stands at £1,941.73 and counting, will be split equally between St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which cared for Kirstin’s grandfather, and Cransley Hospice in Kettering.

The event saw Kirstin’s fellow students at Manor School take to the stage in a number of music and dance performances, while there was a touch of comedy from the show’s compere, Luke Blunden.

Kirstin said, “My reason for the use of the word ‘tribute’ in the title is because in May earlier this year, my grandfather, Torbjørn Winge, died from a brain tumour, 11 months after being diagnosed.

“St. Wilfrid’s Hospice was amazing and supported him throughout the whole 11 months, which is why I want to raise as much money as possible for them.

“I approached many businesses and received fantastic support from many of them, including a large monetary donation from Coggins Motors and raffle prizes, such as an MOT from Titty Ho Motor Company.

“Not many of the Manor School teachers were free to attend but showed their support by buying raffle tickets or promising a donation. Mrs Brooks, my headteacher, gave a huge amount of support alongside my music, drama and dance teachers, who were there for advice and support.

“As everybody knows, this show would not have been a show without the commitment and dedication of the fellow students who took part in this fundraiser.”

Kirstin’s original target was to raise £500 for each of the two hospices but she managed to go above and beyond that, collecting at least £970 for both of the good causes.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for people living with a life limiting illness. It currently cares for more than 1,000 people every year and have been providing our services to our community for over 30 years. For details, visit www.stwhospice.org.