In memory of a special little boy

A MEMORIAL talent show organised by a Northallerton College student has raised hundreds of pounds for two charities who look after seriously ill children and their families.

Budding performers competed for honours in the event staged at the college to mark the first anniversary of the death of Tyrese Dorset.

The five year old, of Romanby, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving him with profound disabilities, and sadly died last March of pneumonia.

His godsister Alice Purkiss decided to mark the anniversary with a talent contest to raise much needed funds for The Rainbow Trust and the Butterwick Children's Hospice, both of which look after children with life-threatening illnesses.

"I wanted to do something for charity to give something back," said Alice, 16, of Northallerton.

"Tyrese went to the Butterwick Children's House for respite care and The Rainbow Trust provided his family with assistance at home.

"Doing this a year after he died helped bring us all a bit of closure and also celebrated Tyrese's life."

Ten acts competed in the competition, including singers, bands, dancers and actors which were judged by a panel of teachers.

The event raised 800 which was matched by family donations, making a total of 1,600.

"It was an amazing experience," said Alice. "It was hard work and stressful organising it but it was so great when it paid off. I was so proud of everyone and Tyrese's family were really pleased."

The show was won by Howard Orange, a six piece rock band comprising Andrew Wilson, 16, and Sam Toothill, 14, both of Kirkby Fleetham, Alison James, 16, of Northallerton, Tom Bramley, 16, of East Cowton, Guy Dillon, 15, of Kirkby Fleetham and Lawrence Rab, 16, of Romanby.

The band's name came from Tom's mother Amanda Bramley after she mixed up Jason Orange and Howard Donald from Take That – and the song was appropriately called Zest.

Alison said: "We have only been together four weeks so the performance was a real challenge."

In second place were budding actors James Bindoff, of East Cowton, and Claire White, both 17, of Northallerton.

Third place went to singers Bailey's Angels, 15-year-olds Amy Almond, of Knayton, Laura Nicholson and Helen Tulip, of Northallerton.