Young dancers from Portchester put on a West End show for childhood cancer awareness

Members of Chloe’s Theater Arts at their fundraising event at Portchester Parish Hall on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Photo by Alex Shute

Students from Chloe’s Theater Arts entertained guests with a free West End themed show on Saturday, with profits from food and raffle sales going to childhood cancer awareness, through Cancer Research UK, in honor of Sophie Fairall.

Sophie, from Stubbington, died this month after being diagnosed with a rare form of tissue cancer.

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Chloe Green 23 at Portchester Parish Hall, along with the members of Chloe’s Theater Arts for their fundraiser event on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Photo by Alex Shute

The event, held at Portchester Parish Hall, also included face painting and games for all ages.

Organizer and dance teacher Chloe Green, 23, said: ‘I am very happy to see how many people have come today, I am amazed how many people are here.

‘The kids bring a real mix of genres with some music theater and street dance.

“I was inspired to organize this after hearing Sophie’s story, I hope we can raise a lot of money.”

Caitlyn Webster, 12, from Paulsgrove was part of the troupe that performed an excerpt from the Beetlejuice musical.

She said, “I’m really looking forward to performing today.

“I felt so sorry for her when I heard about Sophie, but it’s good to know we can do something to raise some money in her name.”

Her friend Emma Green, 12, added: ‘It’s important to raise money as childhood cancer research doesn’t get a lot of money.’

Younger members of the dance school, which has about 60 students, performed a song from the musical Matlida.

And students from the University of Chichester also took part.

Six-year-old Alicia Dafiaga, from Portchester, performed there with a street dance troupe.

“I like dancing very much,” she said.

Her proud mum Faye McGowan, 31, added: ‘This is the first time I’ve seen her perform, I can’t wait. Usually I just drop her off and pick her up again so it will be great to see her dance.

“I don’t think there’s enough awareness about childhood cancer, so this is really important.”

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