Grandson’s charity show for Alzhemier’s
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.