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Schoolgirl left blind in one eye organises charity fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 23 March 2018

North Walsham High School pupil Jasmine Pearce was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis in 2005, Photo: Sandra Reynolds

North Walsham High School pupil Jasmine Pearce was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis in 2005, Photo: Sandra Reynolds

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A school girl who was left blind in one eye from meningitis has organised a three-night show to help fund more research into the disease.

North Walsham High School pupil Jasmine Pearce was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis in 2005, causing her to lose her vision in her left eye.

Despite her impairment, the 14-year-old has not let it stop her from pursuing her dreams of working in event management.

And now she is organising a three-night show in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Entitled A Night at the Musicals, the production will see 20 different songs from various musicals performed on the night.

Jasmine, who is from North Walsham, said: “I wanted to organise these events as when I was diagnosed, even though I don’t remember much as I was one two or three years old, I know it impacted my family a lot.

“I want to raise as much as possible to help prevent meningitis and septicaemia in the future.”

Her production, which takes place on May 23, 24 and 25 at the Atrium in North Walsham, features performances from Vikki Feetham’s dance school and Funky Feet Dance.

Students from North Walsham High School, North Walsham Junior School, Aylsham High School, and St Nicholas House School will also be involved.

Jasmine said: “This will be a great event to go to because all the money raised will go to the Meningitis Research Foundation.

“They want to create a future free of meningitis and septicaemia, and by buying a ticket to the show, a raffle ticket or participating in the auction, we get a step closer to a future without meningitis or septicaemia.”

Pneumococcal meningitis is the second most common cause of the disease in the UK and Ireland.

Most cases are in children under two-years-old, adults over 65 years and in those with medical problems that put them at increased risk of disease.

It can be severe and has a higher risk of death and long term brain damage than most other causes of bacterial meningitis.

There will be a raffle on the May 23 and 24 shows. The May 25 show will feature an auction.

The show starts at 7pm and finishes at 8.30pm on each on the days. Tickets are £5 for over 18s and £3.59 for under 18s.


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