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Sugababes and other stars raise £300k for Have a Heart 0
Fundraising | Stefan Marseglia | 31 Mar 2010
Topics: Community fundraising
A national radio station has raised over £300,000 for a charity that aims to grant wishes to terminally ill children.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation received the money after Heart FM’s Have a Heart campaign saw presenters, listeners and celebrity supporters combine efforts to help raise funds.
The week-long event saw a host of stars including JLS, Alisha Keys and the Sugababes visit Heart radio station to co-present shows, donate auction lots, perform live sets and answer phone calls in the appeal’s call centre.
“I’ve experienced first hand being on a hospital ward with my younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Anything you can do to make that journey smoother and more entertaining for children is an amazing thing to do,” said singer Alesha Dixon.
Lots on offer included “meet-and-greets” with musicians such as Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams, which raised £15,000 each, as well as 5-star holidays.
All funds raised will help the foundation to provide year-round entertainment on hospital wards across the country using technology including High-Definition flat screen televisions and games consoles.
Abbie sets sights on stardom after recording with the Sugababes
11:40am Wednesday 31st March 2010
By Andrea Glennon »
AFTER a recording session with pop group the Sugababes, a Stratton teenager has vowed the next time she returns to the world-famous Abbey Road Studios she will be the superstar.
Talented Abbie Lea Drew beat off competition from 4,000 other hopefuls from around the country to win the Heart FM ‘Live Like a Sugababe’ competition.
She filmed herself singing their hit About A Girl which was voted number one by radio listeners in an online competition. She sang the same song in the studio with the girl group.
The 15-year-old said she felt like a celebrity as she bumped into Amy Winehouse during a £500-shopping spree in Selfridges, stayed in a £1,000 a night suite at the Mayfair Hotel and was treated to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
The Cirencester Deer Park student was also given tips from the Sugababes vocal coach, interviewed by celebrity magazine Closer and followed around by the Heart FM film crew.
Abbie said: "It was absolutely amazing – the Sugababes gave me such good advice. They told me if I get knocked down just to get back up again.
"Even though I only met Amelle and Heidi because Jade was ill I loved every minute of it. They were great and so down-to-earth.
"Heidi said when she was a teenager she wrote lots of letters to music companies and was eventually signed when she was just 18."
Abbie said she now plans to write letters herself and record demo CDs to send off to recording studios.
"Without a doubt this is definitely what I want to do," she added.
For more on the story and link to Abbie in action go to wiltsglosstandard.co.uk