A TEENAGE singing sensation is encouraging others to follow their dreams with a touching fundraiser he has organised before jetting off for a summer on stage in Europe.
This time next week, 19-year old Lewis Laking will be heading out to Spain as he gets set for six months of performing.
But before that, kindhearted Lewis is hoping to raise money to help other talented teenagers at a fundraising event for Red Dreams, a creative charity based in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool.
The charity is close to his heart.
It was set up by Dawn and Ian McManus after the tragic death of their 16-year old son, Kyle, who died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in 2007.
Kyle was Lewis’s best friend.
Since his devastating loss, Lewis has featured in the Mail on a number of occasions.
The former Manor College of Technology student performed on BBC talent show Tonight’s The Night alongside world-renowned tenor Russell Watson.
After his television performances he spent last summer in Spain performing. But he decided to make this year his last on stage in Europe before he joins the Royal Air Force in January.
And he is hoping his final weekend before he begins his trip will prove a huge success at the charity event tomorrow night.
Lewis, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, said: “I used to be very closely involved with Red Dreams and they helped me get started as a performer.
“Since then I have had some absolutely fantastic experiences, and I just wanted to give something back to them.”
Lewis will be performing tomorrow night alongside another teenage performer, Ashleigh Page.
There will also be a host of other fun and games going on at the event, which is taking place at Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Easington Road, Hartlepool, from 7pm.
Lewis added: “I’m really looking forward to it and I’m hoping it will be a real success.
“We have some fantastic prizes on offer in the raffle and I would like to thank all the local businesses who have helped out with donations.
“For me it is a bit of a swansong as well, with it being the last weekend before I go away.
“It’s a fantastic experience playing in Spain during the summer and I can’t wait to get started.
“But I’m going to make this my last year doing it.
“It’s a real performer’s lifestyle, living out of a suitcase. But I decided after this year I wanted to try something different.”
Tickets for the event tomorrow night are available on the door at the club priced at £4 for adults and £1 for children.