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Norwich teenagers organise charity show

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 July 2011

Hattie Campbell and Molly O'Brien at City College in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Hattie Campbell and Molly O'Brien at City College in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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A teenager whose life was turned upside down when she lost her dad to motor neurone disease three years ago has helped organise a fundraising event in his memory and to raise awareness of the condition.

Hattie Campbell’s father,
long-serving police officer George Campbell, died from an aggressive form of muscular atrophy motor neurone disease in 2008.

She was 16 at the time, and his death had a major impact on her life. She did not go on to study
A-levels because she was so devastated.

Now 19, she has returned to education and is doing a BTEC in performing arts at City College Norwich.

Together with her friend Molly O’Brien, she has organised a charity show to help raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The show, ‘A Musical Spectacular for MND’, will be held tomorrow night at City College and will feature a host of numbers from West End and Broadway favourites.

Hattie, who lives in Clarendon Road, just off Unthank Road in Norwich, said: “I was unbelievably close to my dad, I was daddy’s little girl, so when he died it had a massive impact on me.

“I’ve only just gone back to education and it means so much to do this show. It means an awful lot.”

Mr Campbell, who died aged 46, had been in the police force for 30 years, having originally joined the Metropolitan Police when he was 16 before moving to Norfolk with his wife Jane.

The father of three spent most of his Norfolk career in the North Walsham area but in later years was based at the force’s Wymondham headquarters.

He died just nine months after he was diagnosed with the
disease.

Tomorrow’s show, which has been organised from scratch by Hattie and Molly, will see 25 performers from the college take to the stage. The girls hope to raise up to £400.

Molly, 17, who lives in College Road, Norwich, said: “It’s going to be great fun. We’ve got some amazing numbers with well-known songs from classic musicals such as Grease.

“It’s been really hard work because we’ve had to do everything ourselves and it’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £5 for adults or £3 for concessions. Tickets are available on the door or by emailing mndshowtickets@yahoo.co.uk
To donate funds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, go to www.mndassociation.org

Are you holding a fundraising event to raise awareness of a potentially life-threatening disease? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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