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Youth organisation to host Welling talent show to raise awareness of cardiac issues

PUBLISHED: 09:58 06 November 2015

Poster for Bexley Showcase of Musical Talent

Poster for Bexley Showcase of Musical Talent

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The show will feature performances from BEFFTA award winner Leon Dixon, former X Factor contestant Leanne Robinson and recording artist Septiumus Khan, as well a surprise guest act

A youth organisation is hosting a talent show to help raise money and awareness of cardiac related issues in young people.

The PL9 Youth Forum was set up in memory of Bexleyheath teenager Philip Lamin, who collapsed on a football pitch and died in 2013, and the group is now putting on a special exhibition in Welling on December 15.

The show will feature performances from BEFFTA award winner Leon Dixon, former X Factor contestant Leanne Robinson and recording artist Septiumus Khan, as well a surprise guest act.

Philip’s mother, Juliet, has campaigned for people to have regular heart checks, and the need for life-saving defibrillators in schools ever since.

She said of the show: “We are doing this to raise awareness about cardiac related deaths among young people and also using our diverse talents to raise funds to enable us place defibrillators in our different schools in the borough and beyond.

“This is our way of giving back to our community, and this year we promise is going to be better than the previous years, because it is not just going to be music but this year we, the youth, have put together several different range of talents that are sure to blow our guests’ minds.”

Speaking to the Bexley Times in March about the importance of the campaign, Mrs Lamin said: “I firmly believe all schools need to have a defibrillator.

“We always see fire extinguishers, but not a defibrillator. I want every school to have one, starting with those in the Bexley borough, and then move on to many more public places.

“I want to tell every parent to take their young children for heart screening. CRY (Cardiac Arrest in the Young) is a charity that can organise these screenings.

“If a young person has a heart defect, this will show up at the screening and something can be done before it’s too late.

“I would have encouraged Philip to have one, but I didn’t know about it.”

Bexley Showcase of Musical Talent will take place at the Freedom Centre International on Upper Wickham Lane at 6.30pm on December 15.

Tickets are available to buy for £5 via Mrs Lamin on 07986 394550, or from the venue on 0207 277 8700.

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