Essex teenager organises fundraising concert for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in memory of aunt and nan

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:23 22 July 2011

Hollie Haines

Hollie Haines

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A TALENTED teenage musician who lost two close family relatives to breast cancer is organising a charity evening of live music in their memory.

Hollie Haines’ aunt Amy Plisner died of the disease at Easter, less than six months after her nan, Olive Haines, also passed away.

In spite of her grief, the big-hearted 15-year-old from Radwinter has worked tirelessly to organise “something positive in their memory” while at the same time trying to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Hollie, pictured, said: “I was really very upset at losing both Amy and nan to breast cancer, and just wanted to do something to help. It is obviously a charity close to my heart.

“I love singing and playing my guitar and putting on a concert seems a good way to raise some money.

“It’s been great that so many people have agreed to support us.”

She added: “It has been really well supported by local business, they have been extremely generous in donating gifts and vouchers for the raffle.”

The family concert, which is being held in Radwinter Village Hall on Saturday July 30 from 7.30pm-10.30pm, will feature musicians from the Saffron Walden and Cambridge area.

A keen singer and guitarist herself, Hollie, who won first prize in the Saffron Walden’s Got Talent competition last year, will also be performing.

“I love to be on stage and I have written my first song, which is about my aunt and nan, which I will be performing,” added Hollie.

“There is a wide range of music, form rock to country, so there will be something for everyone. It promises to be a really nice evening.”

Hollie’s determination to get the event up and running has not gone unnoticed. Actor Steve McGann, who has agreed to compere the concert, said: “I have been incredibly impressed by Hollie’s efforts, and am delighted to be taking part. It’s wonderful to see a young teenager with so much energy and initiative.”

Hollie is also running a silent auction with prizes including a hot-air balloon ride, silk painting, and a day on the set of BBC drama Upstairs Downstairs! The auction is open to all, not just those who attend the concert.

On the night itself, which has been sponsored by Ridgeons, there will be refreshments and a licensed bar.

Information and tickets, prices at £5 for adults, £3 for under-14s, are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or direct from Hollie Haines by calling 01799 599764 or emailing hollie.haines@gmail.com

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