Alice on musical mission

Alice Milburn, 11, who won a talent competition
Alice Milburn, 11, who won a talent competition
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The sweet music of one Southsea schoolgirl’s ukelele has helped raise hundreds of pounds towards a trip of a lifetime to Cambodia.

Talented Alice Milburn stunned audience members with her amazing musical gift at Mayville High School’s first ever talent show, at which she scooped first prize.

Singers, street dancers and even a Jimi Hendrix tribute band all joined the 11-year-old on stage for the exciting competition that was so well attended it raised £800 in ticket sales.

This money will go towards the cost of flying out a group of eight GCSE students for a whole month to the south-east Asian country next year, at a cost of £3,500 each.

Alice who won with a rendition of Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours, says: ‘I felt quite nervous before the performance, but whilst playing and singing I felt very relaxed and even remembered to smile at the audience.

‘After my name was called out, I was stunned that it was me, because there were so many really good acts to compete with.

‘I was very happy to have the chance to take part and really pleased the money will go to such a good cause.’

The lucky youngsters who will be visiting a remote part of Cambodia will help rebuild an orphanage close to an ancient temple, trek through the rainforests and learn about the troubled history of the country.

Dr Katayoun Dowlatshahi, the school’s art teacher who is organising and heading the expedition, says: ‘For pupils such a trip is life-changing.

‘Mayville has run two other trips to Kenya and on their return some have completely changed their direction in life following their experience.’

The talent show takes the total amount raised so far through fundraising events like cake stalls and sponsored activities to £3,500.

Martin Castle, headteacher, says: ‘I am impressed with the students who have put so much effort into fundraising.

‘I’m confident they will make a big impact.

‘A month may seem like a long time, but there is so much work to do out there and they are determined to give it their all.’

Anyone wanting to support the fundraising efforts should call (023) 9273 4847.