Stars' donations will help hospital unit

Eleven youngsters could win a date with pop star and actress Hannah Spearritt at a charity auction.

Eleven youngsters could win a date with pop star and actress Hannah Spearritt at a charity auction.

The former S Club singer has offered to host a bowling evening for children to raise funds in memory of a Norfolk backpacker.

Hannah was a childhood friend of 24-year-old Mia-Lucy Rose, from Gorleston, who was swept to her death in Laos in south-east Asia last March.

The bowling evening is one of around 200 lots on offer at a fundraising auction organised to raise funds for a trust set up in Mia-Lucy's name and the James Paget Hospital special care baby unit.


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Items signed by people from the world of entertainment, politics and literature will also go under the hammer at the event tomorrow.

They include a rare signed photograph of singer Shirley Bassey and a white baseball style cap signed by Victoria Beckham, together with a compliments slip signed by the former Spice Girl and her husband, footballer David Beckham.

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Photographs signed by the cast of Eastenders and items from the Casualty set are also among the lots.

Yarmouth MP Tony Wright has donated a special edition pool cue awarded to finalists of the House of Commons pool tournament, along with an offer for dinner for two and a tour of the House.

Signed photographs of '60s icon Twiggy and a Norwich City football shirt signed by players including Darren Huckerby and Dean Ashton are also included.

Mia-Lucy was backpacking around the world when she drowned in the Mekong River.

Her parents Derek and Pauline Rose set up a trust in her name and are raising funds to build an exercise trail along the cliffs near her home in her memory.

Two companies of Royal Engineers are due to install the trail on April 18 and it should be completed in two- three weeks.

It will feature 18 pieces of exercise equipment based on the design of a trail Mia-Lucy used on London's Primrose Hill.

The Mia-Lucy Rose Trust also aims to help British families who have relatives missing overseas.

The auction will take place at the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston tomorrow.

Viewing will take place between noon and 6.15pm, with the first lot going under the auctioneer's hammer at 7pm.

For more information visit www.mialucyrosetrust.org

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