A DEVOTED mum has sold her home and is moving to London to help launch her daughter's acting career – even though she is just 10.
Michelle Mote admits that many people will think she is mad – but she is determined to let little Lauren follow her dreams.
Michelle, 34, said: "My daughter is my life and dancing and drama is everything to her. I had no choice but to let her follow her dream."
Michelle took the decision to sell up after Lauren won a coveted place in the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
The school is a breeding ground for talent and has launched the careers of such stars as Billy Piper, Denise Van Outen and Emma Bunton of Spice Girls fame.
Talented Lauren beat hundreds of hopefuls to scoop one of just 25 places at the school after two gruelling auditions.
Single mum Michelle did not want to let her only child board at the school – so she sold her house in Bowlynn Closet, Moorside, for 145,000 and moved in with her parents in Farringd Road,on, East Herrington, while she finds somewhere to live in the capital.
Michelle will have to give up her job as a medical secretary at Sunderland Royal Hospital and put her psychology degree on hold until she settles in.
Michelle said: "We lived in a three-bedroomed semi in East Moorside, which we sold for 145,000.
"We certainly will not be having a three-bedroomed semi in London. We have had to give lots of property away to charity and friends because we're going to have to downsize.
"I know people might think I'm mad, but it's what she wants to do.
"The school has an excellent exams record, so if all else fails, she can come away with some good GCSEs.
"If it all goes wrong we can come back – but if it's what she wants we've got to try."
The pair will travel to the capital next month in search of a new home. They hope to make the move in July ready for the new term in September.
Lauren, a pupil at St Leonard's R.C. Primary School at Silksworth, has been dancing since she was three and goes to the Shameen Karim School of Dance.
Michelle said: "She's been at Stagecoach, a theatre school in Sunderland, since the age of five. They have an agency and for the last three years she has been on the list.
"She has appeared at the Sunderland Empire in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and in Scrooge with Michael Barrymore at Christmas, as well as Whistle Down the Wind."
Michelle added that Lauren had played the role of Ella in a film called Granny Witch and was awaiting its release date.