Search for stars to help Jasmine

Jasmine Sanderson (centre) with sister Sienna (left) and Toni Parker-Harvey of The Northern School of Music
Jasmine Sanderson (centre) with sister Sienna (left) and Toni Parker-Harvey of The Northern School of Music

TALENTED Poolies step forward – now is your chance to impress on stage and raise cash in support of a brave town schoolgirl battling a rare condition.

The Northern School of Music, in Hartlepool, is launching its very first Little Miss and Little Mister Hartlepool contest and a Hartlepool Star Search competition.

Music leaders are appealing to people to show off their many talents and wow the crowds and do their bit in support of little Jasmine Sanderson.

Five year old Jasmine, a pupil at St John Vianney RC Primary School, is one of just a handful of people in the UK to be suffering with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a condition which causes bones to grow over tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles.

Her parents, Kelly, 33, and Ian, 38, as well as other family members and friends have been on a fundraising drive to raise £120,000 by February next year, which is needed to continue vital research.

And their fundraising total will be boosted thanks to the kindhearted team at the Northern School of Music, in Church Square, who have organised the talent event.

They are calling on all bright and bubbly youngsters up to the age of 13 years old to take part in their Little Miss and Little Mister Hartlepool competition and give themselves a chance of winning a £50 voucher for Exposure Photography, in York Road, in the town.

The auditions, which will be held on the morning of Monday, August 13, at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, will involve two stages.

First, the children will be asked to walk on stage in front of a panel of judges, showing off an outfit of their choice, before giving their name, age and saying why they think they should be Little Miss or Mister Hartlepool.

In the second section of the competition, the youngsters will perform a talent for the judge.

The judges will then decide which youngsters will advance through to the grand final, which will be held later this month.

The talent can be anything from dancing or singing to telling jokes or doing magic and should last no longer than two minutes.

Registration will take place between 9am and 9.45am and the contest will start at 10am. Auditions for the Hartlepool Star Search competition will then be held on the afternoon of Monday, August 13.

People of any age have up to three minutes to impress the judges with their own talent and give themselves a chance of winning a place in the grand final and the top prize of £100 cash. Finalists will also receive a goody bag.

The entry fee for both competitions is £5 but group entries for the Hartlepool Star Search competition must pay £10.

Spectators are welcome at the auditions but must pay admission prices of £5 for adults and £4 for children.

Jasmine’s mum, Kelly, a childminder, who is also mum of Sienna, seven, said: “For the school to be going through all this effort for Jasmine is just unbelievable.”

All of the money raised on the day will go to FOP Action.

Entry forms are available from and can be submitted at the Mail’s reception in New Clarence House, Wesley Square. Deadline for entries is noon on Friday, August 10.

For more information email hartlepool.star.search@hotmail.co.uk.