Cinderella star is behind Chloe with plan for a gala night

CHARITY Tracy Shaw (centre) and cast collect cash at Cascades.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (114468-3341)
CHARITY Tracy Shaw (centre) and cast collect cash at Cascades. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114468-3341)

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CINDERELLA star Tracy Shaw is masterminding a charity gala evening in aid of a poorly little girl.

The actress, who is playing the Fairy Godmother in the panto at the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea, was so touched by the plight of 10-year-old Chloe Challoner that she decided to do all she can to help.

POORLY Chloe Challoner

POORLY Chloe Challoner

Along with musical director Teresa Barlow and stage manager Samuel Fox, she is organising an hour-long variety performance, raffle and auction at the theatre in honour of Chloe, who is bravely battling cancer.

Proceeds will help Chloe’s family reach the magic £10,000 total they need to fund expert treatment in Texas, USA.

Mum-of-two Tracy said: ‘I can’t stop until I know that little girl is on that plane. I just feel so passionate about it. She’s really touched me – she’s a lovely girl. What she’s going through is heartbreaking and I just want her to be able to have some hope.’

The fundraising drive for Chloe’s treatment has already received a boost thanks to generous audience and cast members of Cinderella who have raised more than £1,000. So far about £3,500 has been raised – but more cash is desperately needed.

Chloe, a pupil at Front Lawn Junior School in Leigh Park, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare cancer in children – last year.

She underwent surgery to remove a large tumour from her right femur and was recovering well after nine months of chemotherapy. But then doctors discovered a second tumour in her lungs.

Tracy added: ‘We want it to be a massive party for Chloe. She’s a little princess.’

The show will be held at The Kings Theatre at 7.30pm on Monday.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. For tickets call (023) 9282 8282.