Grand­son’s char­ity show for Alzhemier’s

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 Hours - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A DED­I­CATED teenager has or­gan­ised a poignant va­ri­ety show ded­i­cated to his gran­dad who was re­cently di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s Dis­ease.

Deep­ing School pupil Josh Han­nen (15) has or­gan­ised a show at his school on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13 and hopes to raise more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

Josh, of Stowe Road, Langtoft, set up the event af­ter his gran­dad Dou­glas Owen (81) was di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness dur­ing the sum­mer.

Mr Owen, who lives in Birm­ing­ham, is a former show pro­ducer and Josh thought a va­ri­ety event would be a touch­ing trib­ute.

Josh said: “When my gran­dad was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s I was very up­set and I’m still get­ting my head around it.

“I didn’t know very much about the dis­ease un­til I started do­ing my own re­search and found out about the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

“At the same time, I was elected as house cap­tain at school and be­gan think­ing of ways of us­ing this po­si­tion to do some­thing ben­e­fi­cial.

“My gran­dad was a former Scout leader who used to pro­duce gang shows and has a pas­sion for mu­sic, drama and danc­ing.

“So I came up with the idea for a va­ri­ety show. We have so many tal­ented pupils at the school and I wanted them to take part.”

The show will fea­ture 12 acts from the school, with pupils singing, danc­ing and even do­ing stand-up com­edy.

There will also be a per­for­mance from Lon­don rock band Just Me Again and a tele­vi­sion star will make an ap­pear­ance.

Josh added: “I’ve suc­cess­fully con­tacted Sylvia Young’s The­atre School, who have con­firmed that Water­loo Road and CBBC star Ceal­lach Spell­man will at­tend.

“Along with this great piece of news, prepa­ra­tion has al­ready be­gun on writ­ing scripts and scout­ing for more acts.

“I also have the back­ing of Tesco and the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety them­selves.

“We have al­ready raised more than £1,500 in con­junc­tion with Tesco by hold­ing fundrais­ing days.

“We ex­pect that to have at least dou­bled by the end of the project.

“It’s go­ing to be a phe­nom­e­nal show and I re­ally hope the lo­cal com­mu­nity comes to sup­port it.

“I think that our school and its com­mu­nity can put on a show ex­ceed­ing all ex­pec­ta­tions.”

The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety has set up a ‘text to do­nate’ ser­vice for the event, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the char­ity.

To do this, text the mes­sage FMNC50 fol­lowed by a gap and then a pound sign and the amount you wish to do­nate to 70070.

CHAR­ITY: John Han­nen (15), of Stowe Road, Langtoft, who is or­gan­is­ing a va­ri­ety show for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety. (METP-13-12-11PF006) Pic­ture: PAUL FRANKS.

GIFT: Laura Thain, Rose­mary Har­grave, Amy Dar­ling, Karen Vaughan with young­sters on the Ama­zon Ward re­ceiv­ing gifts Bo­rys Kolodziey, Diana Lima and Tif­fany Robin­son.

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