Teen seeks help as she heads for famous academy

Pictured: Natalie Ban-Spelde
Pictured: Natalie Ban-Spelde

FUNDRAISING has begun to help a young performer achieve her dream.

Natalie Van Spelde, 17, has been selected from thousands of people to win a place a place at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Natalie, who lives in Grandborough and has just finished her A-levels at Ashlawn, is due to start at the academy in September. But the fees for the musical theatre course costs around £15,000 per year.

With the help of her family, Natalie has set about fundraising to help pay for her to study as the world-renowned centre for actor training.

Natalie said: “Because it’s not a degree I don’t qualify for any kind of student loan. I’m really looking to going. I’ve been dancing since I was two-and-a-half years old and I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember.”

Fundraising began on Saturday at Grandborough Village Hall where Natalie organised an afternoon tea party. Visitors enjoy tea and cake, whilst listening to Natalie sing.

Natalie’s mum Jayne Bilsborrow said: “I’m so proud of her. The tea party was amazing. People were very generous.”

The next fundraiser is a Zumbathon dance. It will be held at Grandborough Village Hall on Sunday, August 5 from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door.

Natalie is also busy recording a CD. To order or buy Zumbathon tickets call 07928 628213 or email jaynebilsborrow@btinternet.com.