A TV star who is changing people’s perceptions of dwarfism is lending her support to a city school.
Laura Whitfield, from East Herrington, last year appeared in Channel 4’s programme Seven Dwarves, which followed the lives of seven people living together and performing in a panto production of Snow White.
The 22-year-old has been juggling filming a follow-up to the successful show with organising a charity night for Sunningdale School in Springwell.
Inspired by her friend’s son, Leighton Hall, four, who has an undiagnosed condition and attends the school, Laura is raising funds for the special school’s swimming pool.
“I went to a special school and know what it’s like when you haven’t got something you need,” she explained. “The pool will really help the children.
“They need £150,000 for the pool and I believe they have around £120,000 of that already so I’m hoping to raise as much as possible for them.”
Laura is fresh from a filming a one-off wedding special of Seven Dwarves which is due to air on Channel 4 at the end of August.
She said: “The show is definitely changing people’s perceptions of dwarfism. I haven’t had any bother since the show because I think it gives people an insight into our lives.
“It’s opened doors for me and since then I’ve been volunteering in prisons to give talks.”
She added: “Channel 4 are in talks about a second series which is looking hopeful.”
Each week the show focused on one of the dwarves, as they told their story of how the condition has affected their lives.
Laura is no stranger to the camera. She took up acting a few years ago and as well as performing in pantomime, has worked in the Harry Potter films and has toured the world with the Barney the Dinosaur live show.
l Laura’s charity night in aid of Sunningdale School will take place on October 5, from 7pm, at Rainton Meadows Arena.
Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £4 for children under 12.
The night will include live entertainment, a facepainter, balloon maker and magician.
For more information and tickets, contact Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org