THE community rallied round for an evening of entertainment as Midhurst teenager Sophie Bosley and her friends organised a charity concert.
And it became something of a star-studded event when the hugely-popular Petworth-based musician Ben Pryer turned up to show his support – much to the delight of all the young women in the audience.
The Anthony Nolan charity concert took place in Midhurst and was hailed a huge success.
The event featured talented performers from across the area, including names such as Ed Goodale, Chloe Tucker, the South Downs Ukulele Orchestra, and the headline act, Ben Pryer from boyband MAD.
Sophie Bosley, 16, from Midhurst, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in October 2011, when she was 14.
The Midhurst Rother College student has been tirelessly campaigning to help others in need and to find more people to sign up to the bone marrow donor register.
When not studying for her exams, Sophie is arranging fundraising events and even set up a donor recruitment event at Chichester College earlier this year.
CML is a blood cancer which is extremely rare among children and young adults, with less than 15 new cases of childhood CML diagnosed in the UK each year.
Sophie is being treated at the South East Regional Paediatric Oncology Centre in Southampton, St Mary’s Hospital and has now been referred to consultants at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
The evening was split into two halves, and in the interval refreshments were provided courtesy of Rother Valley Catering with cakes from Shannon Moore of Pat-a-cake, followed by a raffle with prizes donated by dozens of businesses.
Sophie said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all those who came, as well as the many helpers and businesses that donated raffle prizes.
“Praise and thanks also go to Midhurst Engineering for their sponsorship, and Pro-Tec for their help with security on the night.
“Overall, more than £1,500 was raised and will now be sent on its way to Anthony Nolan.”
Photos from the evening can be printed in A4 at the cost of £5, with all profits going to charity.
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