Doncaster teen’s talent show of support

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The caring best friend of a Doncaster teenager with leukaemia has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for charity through a talent show.

Hannah Shearman, aged 13, organised Doncaster’s first ever Guides Got Talent event in honour of her best friend Ellie Newitt, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Hayfield School pupil Hannah, of Auckley, gathered together her friends from the 73rd Doncaster Girl Guiding group to put on the show-stopping event at the Auckley Parish Centre.

The family of brave 14-year-old Ellie, also of Auckley, have received help from both The Sick Children’s Trust and Bluebell Wood Children’s Trust since she was diagnosed with the condition.

The talented Guides helped to raise more than £500 on the night which will now be split between the two charities.

A spokesperson for the 73rd Doncaster Girl Guiding group said: “It was a fantastic night and we are very proud of all the girls.

“The girls who didn’t perform were given jobs to do and were our stage crew.

“We raised a fantastic £500 which will be split equally between both charities.

“Thanks to everyone who supported us and a big thanks to our judges, Caroline Flint MP, Marie Newitt and Sheila Warner.”

Youngsters performed for a packed crowd at the parish centre, showing off their dance moves and singing skills.

Katie Shearman, Guide leader and Hannah’s sister, said: “The Sick Children’s Trust has given immense support to Ellie’s family during this time, so we all wanted to put on a fundraiser to show them our thanks.

“Not only have the family had their world turned upside down but so has my sister. Ellie was her best friend at school and since Ellie has been poorly, Hannah has found it difficult.

“The girls are like sisters so it’s been hard for my sister.

“Hannah has visited Ellie while at Bluebell Wood and has also seen The Sick Children’s Trust ‘Home from Home’ Treetop House and said how great they both are.”

The Sick Children’s Trust provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for the families of sick children.

In Yorkshire, there are three houses that support some of the leading children’s hospitals in the country, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.