Charity Dance Show Organised by Manor Academy Students

Heartbroken students are organising a charity dance show in memory of close friend and Edwinstowe teenager Lewis Close.

Jessica Brough and Steph Fidler, both aged 15, have organised the dance show in a bid to raise money in memory of the 14-year-old who died in hospital last month after returning home from holiday with a burst appendix.

The money raised at the event will be donated to Queens Medical Centre to support them in building a new medical unit.

Jessica and Steph, both Manor Academy students, have organised for 24 acts to perform on the evening and have been incessantly practising and rehearsing the show every night after school.

Jessica said: “Lewis’s death has come as a shock to everyone that knew him. The dance show is an opportunity to cheer everybody up by remembering and celebrating his life. Steph and I are both working really hard to make the show a success.

“Lewis was looked after really well by the staff at Queens Medical Centre, so we have chosen to put every penny we make on the evening towards their new medical unit. We have bought the refreshments for the interval out of our own pocket.”

As well as raising money through ticket sales, the students have also organised to a charity raffle to take place on the evening, the first prize being an iPod. Over 50 tickets have already been sold for the event.

Martin Cooper, leader of the Strive Strand at The Manor Academy, said: “When the girls first approached me with the idea I was so touched and moved. I think it will be an amazing event and I’m really proud that they want show-case their abilities to raise money for such a good cause.”

The dance show will take place in The Forest Theatre at The Manor Academy on 27 November, from 7.00pm till 9.00pm.
Tickets for the dance show cost £1.50 for students or £2.50 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on the door, however if you’d like to make a group booking please e-mail