Toni’s charity night in memory of nana

Trinity Academy student Toni Goulden, 16, who is organising a charity talent show in memory of her nana.
Trinity Academy student Toni Goulden, 16, who is organising a charity talent show in memory of her nana.

PUPILS will prove they really have got talent when they take to the stage in a charity extravaganza.

Britain’s Got Talent finalists 2 Grand will join youngsters from Thorne’s Trinity Academy, in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Grandfather and grand-daughter duo John Neill and Sallie Lax, who made it to the latter stages of the TV contest, are friends of Trinity Academy pupil Toni Goulden, who is organising the fundraiser.

They will all take to the stage, along with dance troupe Body Rockers and ten student acts, on April 7, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Toni will sing Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red recalling one of her fondest memories of her nana Ann, with who she used to dance along to the track.

Ann died in 2000 of heart failure aged 57, a condition that blights her family.

“I think it must be a genetic thing with our family as we seem to have a lot of heart troubles,” the 16-year-old said.

“My dad has had a heart attack and my auntie and my mum’s dad have had heart bypasses. I have been looking into the research the British Heart Foundation has been doing around the Zebra fish, which repairs its own heart, and it is fascinating.

“We want to raise as much money as possible for BHF and the talent contest promises to be a great night out.”

Other acts range from a parody of Grease to singing, dancing and rock bands.

“It has been quite stressful to organise but I am really looking forward to it,” she said. “I sing with Sallie in the Rainbow Connection Singers and her granddad is lovely.”

Principal Ian Brew added: “Toni has been working tremendously hard to make sure the performance is a show-stopper.

“She is motivated by her family circumstances and I’m delighted she is focusing the loss of her grandmother on supporting a very worthwhile cause.”