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Musical showcase featuring MOBO award winner hopes to raise money to keep young hearts healthy

PUBLISHED: 12:06 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 18 November 2016

This year's Bexley Showcase will be the last one until 2018

This year's Bexley Showcase will be the last one until 2018

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The event takes place in Welling next week

An evening of performances from a host of young, local talent is set to take place next week.

On Tuesday, November 22, PL9 will host the fourth Bexley Showcase of Musical Talent.

The event, which is now in its fourth year, helps to raise awareness of cardiac health risks among young people.

Juliet Lamin, the event organiser, lost her 16-year-old son in 2013.

Phillip Lamin died suddenly from a heart attack while playing football with his friends.

Since then, Mrs Lamin has campaigned for defibrillators to be placed inside all of Bexley’s schools.

She said: “The main thing we are raising for is to put a defibrillator in every school.

“We want to take some young people to a heart screening as we have lost a couple of people, it’s overwhelming and just keeps going on.

“If we get enough money then we’ll be able to do both, check young people’s health and place defibs in schools.”

More than 30 schools and a number of churches have equipped themselves with the lifesaving kit.

But Mrs Lamin, from Belvedere, is keen to do more, adding: “My dream is to have a thousand defibs in schools by 2020.”

Next week’s event takes place at Freedom Centre International on Upper Wickham Lane,

Two-time MOBO award winner Guvna B will be performing alongside local musicians, and professional footballer Joe Kuffor will also be paying a visit.

Tickets start from £5 for children or £7 for adults, and will be available on the door.

To book in advance call Emmanuel on 07411 487976 or Juliet Lamin on 07986 394550.

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