Band steps in with Portsmout gig to support trip abroad

BACKING Danielle Thompson, left, and Phoebe Nelson meet the band FranKo
BACKING Danielle Thompson, left, and Phoebe Nelson meet the band FranKo
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POPULAR boy band FranKo are doing a fundraising gig to help a group of eight Southsea students travel to Cambodia.

The concert next month at the Wedgewood Rooms is a major coup for 15-year-olds Danielle Thompson and Phoebe Nelson at Mayville High who struck the deal when they went to see FranKo at the Cellars in Eastney.

After the concert, the schoolgirls approached the band and explained they were £4,500 shy of the £32,500 needed to pay for a life-changing trip to Cambodia – where the eight of them will be building schools and homes as well as doing some teaching.

And to their delight, FranKo offered to help.

Phoebe said: ‘It was a small intimate gig, they were standing by their merchandising stand with their manager when we got talking.

‘They were enthusiastic about our trip, the fact we would be doing community work and teaching children and the idea of appearing at the Wedgewood Rooms appealed.’

Danielle said: ‘I’ve been following them since 2009, and saw them at the Portsmouth Guildhall when they supported McFly.

‘We were squealing all the way home.

‘They’re really good looking, their music is rocky pop and they have a big following.’

The lead singer of FranKo is Tommy Bastow who is best known as Dave the Laugh in the 2008 film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Mayville students have been fundraising relentlessly by organising events ranging from talent shows to cake sales and supermarket bag-packing.

But there is little doubt the gig will be their most ambitious event to date.

To buy £5 tickets to the show on April 11 at 7.30pm call the Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road, on (023) 9286 3911 or visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk in advance to avoid disappointment.