Jasmine to take centre stage at concert

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

A SCHOOLGIRL suffering from a rare bone disorder will perform in front of dozens of people as she helps to raise cash to treat her condition.

Jasmine Sanderson, five, is one of just a handful of people in the UK suffering with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a condition which causes bones to grow over tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles.

Despite the condition, Jasmine, who is a pupil at St John Vianney RC Primary School, gets on with her life as best as possible and recently started going along to performing arts classes at the Northern School Of Music, in Hartlepool’s Church Square.

Toni Parker-Harvey, vocal teacher at the school is doing her bit to help support Jasmine by organising a fundraising event which will be held this weekend.

Any money raised at the event, which will be held at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, in the town, on Friday, will be a huge boost to Jasmine and her family.

The youngster’s mum and dad, Kelly, 33, and Ian, 38, have been on a fundraising drive to raise £120,000 by February next year.

That sum is how much is needed to be raised nationwide to continue promising research which medics revealed was just two years away from a possible clinical drugs trial.

A number of fundraising events and activities have been planned in recent weeks to help to raise the cash.

This week’s event will feature singing, dancing, comedy and musical solos, all provided by talented members of the Northern School of Music.

Toni has been hard at work along with the performers organising the event.

She said: “It has been a hectic few weeks but the hard work and dedication of students and parents and fellow teachers has been unbelievable.

“They have all attended extra rehearsals to prepare for the show and really helped out gathering raffle prizes.

“Jasmine is a little star, she joins in with everything and always has a big smile on her face, she is a pleasure to teach.”

Toni added: “I think the night will be fantastic.

“It’s for such an amazing cause and it’s even better because we know the money raised will help a little girl we all know.

“I am really excited about the night and I know all of the children are too.”

Jasmine’s mum, Kelly, who is also a mum of Sienna, seven, and lives in the King Oswy area of Hartlepool, said: “We really appreciate Toni organising the event.

“Everyone at the Northern School of Music is fantastic to Jasmine and she really enjoys her time there.”

Doors open at 6.15pm on Friday evening with the event getting underway at 6.45pm.

Tickets, priced at £5 for adults or £4 concessions, are available from the Northern School of Music.

To find out more about FOP and to support Jasmine visit www.fopaction.co.uk