Sunderland Harry Potter actress fundraising for special school

Laura Whitfield
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STAGING a charity night to raise cash for a special school is the latest role a Sunderland actress has taken on.

Laura Whitfield is working on putting on the entertainment evening in aid of Sunningdale School.

The 22-year-old said despite having to change the date, plans for the event later this month are going well and many tickets have been sold.

The reality TV star is hoping to raise as much money as possible to buy equipment as part of the school’s hydrotherapy pool appeal.

Although, the school has raised the £325,000 needed for the pool itself, it is still in need of funds to buy specialised equipment for it.

Laura, from East Herrington, became a famous face after her time spent on the Channel 4 series, Seven Dwarves, and can boast a part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as one of her acting roles.

The charity night is not only getting support from Laura’s famous friends and supporters, but also from the business community, with The Rainton Meadows Arena donating the venue for the night.

Laura said: “Everything for the night is going really well. The support we’re getting is great. Almost everyone we talk to about the school is offering us help or something to auction off on the night.

“There’ll be something for everyone on the night we have some local bands playing, entertainment for the kids with bouncy castles and face-painting as well as some really nice prizes to auction off.”

Laura decided to organise the event because of the support the school has given a friend’s son, five-year-old Leighton Hall.

She said: “It was clear how vital Sunningdale is to the parents and kids who go there, I went to a special school myself for a while and it made all the difference in the world to me.”

Sunningdale provides nursery and primary education for children aged between two and 11 with profound, multiple and severe learning needs.

The charity night will now be held on Friday, October 26, starting at 7pm, at Rainton Meadows Arena.

To buy tickets for the night, which cost £7.50 for adults and £4 for children under 12, or to donate raffle or auction prizes, contact Laura by emailing

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