Cancer charity on the hunt for someone with Y-Factor

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Local charity Fort Cancer is on a quest to find a performer who has the Y-Factor.

The Y-Factor singing competition has been organised by the cancer charity to raise money and awareness for its appeal, which hopes to raise 130,000 for a piece of life-saving equipment that treats rectal cancer.

Popstar wannabes will compete in the singing competition's semi-finals on Febuary 12, in Petersfield Festival Halls.

A heat has already been held in Cosham and eight semi-finalists have been chosen.

Michelle Edmonds, Fort Cancer fundraising manager, said: 'This is the second year we have run this event, and the talent we have uncovered has been fantastic.'

All money raised from donations will go towards Fort's 130,000 appeal for a Papillon 50 - a machine which treats rectal cancer and means the patient does not have to have a colostomy bag.

The machine will be used at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.