Young Hartlepool singer who had to learn to walk again staging show for Miles for Men
A talented Hartlepool singer who had to learn to walk again due to a bone condition is stepping into the spotlight to headline his own show despite being only 11.
Lennon Hutchinson, who has reached the finals of several local talent shows and auditioned for The Voice, is organising A Night With Lennon and Guests at the Raglan Quoit Club, Stuart Street, next month.
He will be joined on stage by around ten guest singers in the show with proceeds going to Hartlepool cancer charity Miles for Men.
Lennon, who goes to Clavering Primary School, has only been singing since he was around eight after discovering he had the bone disease osteopetrosis which makes his bones abnormally dense and prone to fractures.
His dad Keith Hutchinson said: “It is the opposite to brittle bone disease and meant he could never play contact sports.
“We took him to piano lessons and introduced him to singing and it just took off from there.”
Lennon underwent three hip operations and had to learn to walk again after spending weeks in hospital and time in a wheelchair and on crutches.
A member of the Northern School of Music, in 2018 he reached the national finals of the Teen Star competition, and last month was in the final of the first Hartlepool’s Got Talent contest.
Keith added: “Every competition he enters he either wins or gets to the very latter stages of it.
“This will be the first real gig he has done for himself where he is gong to be headlining.”
Lennon previously raised £700 for the RVI’s children’s ward to say thanks by giving up computer games for two months.
He decided to support Miles for Men after being asked to perform on the charity’s race day in the summer and having taken part himself for the last few years.
“We hope it will be a great night for all and raises as much as possible for a great local charity,” added Keith.
A Night With Lennon is on Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 available from Lennon’s mum Sarah Magee Hutchinson on Facebook or call 07956 512081.
They are also available from the Karen Liddle School of Dance.