December 19 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Hundreds of rock fans celebrated a brave Fakenham school girl’s passion for music and bravery in her battle against a rare disease.
The Rock 4 Jasmine music festival, named after nine-year-old Jasmine Lewis, was staged for the second time at Fakenham Town Football Club on Saturday.
Jasmine was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) seven years ago.
The Fakenham Junior School pupil is one of only a handful of known sufferers of the disease in the UK.
Rock 4 Jasmine raises money for the paediatric rheumatology department of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where she is treated.
Jasmine’s father Craig Lewis, 39, organised the festival and his band Liberty Gene headlined.
He said: “I think we’ll have had about 700 people or more here and raised about £5,000.
“I’m sure we can keep growing the festival for many years to come. I’d like to run it over two days next year.”
He added: “Jasmine is very excited to have a festival named after her.
“She plays guitar and we’ve recently discovered she is a fantastic singer as well.
“Recently she sang Adele’s Rolling in the Deep to me and I was blown away,
“She’s not had enough time to rehearse for this year but, who knows, maybe she could get up and play next year.”
Funds raised will go towards research into finding a cure for JDM and Mr Lewis hopes the event will also raise awareness of the little-known disease to ensure other sufferers can receive early treatment.