Lucie makes song and dance about it

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A TALENTED teenager is making a song and dance out of her experiences at a South Yorkshire hospital - by organising a musical show to raise cash to say thank-you for the care she received.

Lucie Cooper wanted to do something to show how much she appreciated the treatment and support she received from staff at Barnsley Hospital when she was admitted suffering from a severe infection in the bones of her back.

And with drama and music running in her blood - she is the daughter and granddaughter of the owners of the Take 2 Theatre School in Birdwell - she decided a charity cabaret production was the obvious way to do it.

The 14-year-old, from Pogmoor, put together the production of Bring On Tomorrow with a group of her friends, performing the show over two nights to raise money for ward 37 at the hospital.

It is where she spent three months at the end of last year after being diagnosed with septic arthritis on her back, an uncommon yet serious infection in a joint.

She needed intense treatment from a course of antibiotics but has since made a full recovery.

Lucie, a pupil at Barnsley Christian School, said: “The staff at the hospital had been so friendly and warm that I wanted to give something back.

“It’s a cabaret show with lots of singing and dancing from some of the most well known musicals - to celebrate life.

“I hope we get lots of people coming to see it so I can raise as much money as possible for the hospital.

“It would be great if they could buy some more DVD players with the money we raise, as that’s what I really appreciated when I was in there.”

Her problems came out of the blue last autumn when Lucie was struck down with pain in her back when she and her mum Julie were out shopping.

Despite going to bed to rest and taking some pain relief, when she was woke up an later her condition had deteriorated and she was unable to walk or move.

Julie said: “Although it was initially quite scary everybody at the hospital throughout the diagnosis and treatment process was so helpful and reassuring that it made the experience much easier for Lucie.

“I’m really pleased to say that she has now made a full recovery. Performing arts is what she loves so a show like this is the perfect way to say thank you.”

A Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said they were thrilled Lucie was feeling better, and added: “It’s really pleasing to know that Lucie had such a positive experience at the hospital she literally wants to sing and dance about it.”

n Tickets for the performance, which is tonight at the Take 2 Theatre in Birdwell, cost £7 or £6 concessions. Call 01226 744442 for more information.