Performing for Jasmine and Liv

Liv Unwin (left) and Jasmin Sanderson. Picture by FRANK REID
Liv Unwin (left) and Jasmin Sanderson. Picture by FRANK REID

GENEROUS and talented youngsters will sing, dance, act and tell jokes in support of two brave children.

Members of the Northern School of Music will take centre stage at an event in support of Jasmine Sanderson and Liv Unwin.

Jasmine, six, and Liv, three, are both members of the performing school and both have faced incredible challenges in their early years.

Jasmine suffers with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a condition which causes bones to grow over tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles around the body, restricting the youngster’s movements.

Liv has defied the odds since day one when she was found to be deaf after being born three months premature and remarkably survived one night when she stopped breathing five times.

Her family was told she may never speak or hear, but she now picks up sounds and words clearly and has even started to talk.

Liv’s mum, Nicola Gibson, 35, has raised cash in the past for National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to thank the charity for their support, while kind-hearted residents have donated thousands of pounds in support of Jasmine to help medics who continue to carry out promising research into the rare condition she suffers with.

Now Jasmine and Liv’s friends at the Northern School of Music are doing their bit at the performing fundraising event next month.

The event will be held at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, on Saturday, May 25 from 6.30pm.

Toni Parker-Harvey, 24, vocal coach at Northern School of Music, based in Church Square, said: “We normally try to do a couple of shows every year to raise money for charities and it gives all of our students the chance to perform.

“We wanted to show our support for Jasmine and Liv and the children all understand exactly what the money is being raised for and they want to get involved.

“Jasmine and Liv are both so popular with all of the children.

“Jasmine has come on so much and has shown amazing progression, she is so confident now and is a brilliant singer.

“Liv is a little character and all of the kids absolutely love her to bits.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £6 for adults and £5.50 for concessions and can be bought from the Northern School of Music.