Hoveton entertainers make a real song and dance for Georgia
06:30 17 October 2012
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The family and friends of Georgia Snaddon are making a real song and dance of her being given the final all-clear from leukaemia.
The teenager’s drama-mad mother Natalie has put together a special show - Songs and Smiles - to raise money for the Acorn House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where the family stayed during her long treatment.
The show is being staged by Mrs Snaddon’s theatre group, Hoveton-based Wherry Entertainers, on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm in the village’s Broadland High School.
Georgia, 13, a student at Stalham High School, will be taking a starring role and her brother Bradley, 14, and mother will also be singing; her father Andy has taken on the role of stage manager.
Mrs Snaddon, 36, of Lea Road, Catfield, said: “We have raised money before for the Sick Children’s Trust which runs Acorn House, but we wanted to celebrate Georgia being given the final all-clear five years after her treatment ended.
“We are quite passionate about the job Acorn House does. When we arrived at Addenbrooke’s at 11pm with our whole world falling apart Andy and I both said, ‘where do we stay now?’.
“We met one family at the hospital, whose child was terminally ill, who were having to stay on a campsite.
“For us, Acorn House was a home from home and Andy was able to stay there while I was with Georgia at the hospital.”
Mrs Snaddon recalled that when Georgia - then a couple of days away from her fifth birthday - was transferred to Addenbrooke’s from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital after the earth-shattering diagnosis was made in 2004, she was so poorly “they did not want me to travel in the back of the ambulance in case they had to resuscitate her”.
Infections ravaging her body due to the leukaemia left her fighting for her life for three months until she finally turned the corner.
Even after that, bouts of pneumonia and other infections during two years of chemotherapy meant frequent returns to Addenbrooke’s.
Mrs Snaddon, the manager at Mamas and Papas in Norwich, said Georgia had always shared her passion for the stage.
She said: “Even during her treatment she did quite a lot of stuff. One time she did a dance show on the Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth after having chemo in the morning.”
While Georgia had the ambition of going on Britain’s Got Talent, Bradley, who also goes to Stalham High, was aiming for the X Factor.
Mrs Snaddon said: “After what the family has been through, I want them to chase any dreams they have.
“After fighting to be here, like Georgia has, you don’t tend to live like other people. In the space of a second your life can end.”
Speaking at the final rehearsal, she thanked the cast of 30, including youngsters from the Barbara Sutton School of Dance in Aylsham, for “giving up their summer” for the show.
Tickets for the show will be priced at £4 for adults and £2.50 for children.