Talented youngsters help to celebrate life of Lucy
FRIENDS and family will celebrate the life of a much-missed young girl this weekend, as they raise money for a children's cancer charity.
Young performers will showcase their talent at the variety show at Swansea's YMCA, with proceeds going to Latch, which helps young children in Wales with cancer.
The event is being held in memory of Lucy Wiemers, who would have turned nine today, but who finally succumbed to leukaemia in April, after a long battle with the disease.
The show is being organised children's entertainer Mr Bubbles, who forged a close relationship with the former Talycopa Primary School pupil, after volunteering to perform for her.
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Mr Bubbles, otherwise known as Andrew Bowen, said: "Lucy was a real character.
"I first learned about her by reading an article about her in the Evening Post, and I got in touch with the family to offer my services, and help them fund raise.
"I would go up to see her in hospital in Cardiff and perform for her, and the other children on the ward.
"For some reason, she took to me, and she would phone me up from hospital and tell me off if I hadn't been to visit her for a long term. I really miss her, and visiting her in hospital was a real reality check.
"The show is intended to be a celebration of her life, rather than mourning. We want it to be uplifting, and for people to enjoy their memories of such a wonderful little girl."
The show will feature young performers from across the region, including the choir from West Cross Welsh medium school Llwynderw, and members of the Kite Theatre Group, which has branches in YMCA, Mumbles, Neath and Llanelli. And it will also mark the debut of young comic Owen Powell, aged just 13, from Llanelli.
The show has the blessing of Lucy's family, who are also determined to celebrate her short life.
Grandmother Paula said: "We will be having a little get-together to mark Lucy's birthday.
"She is terribly missed, but the family will get together and remember what a wonderful girl she was.
"We are grateful to Andrew — Mr Bubbles — who used to go and visit her in Cardiff and do shows for her, and also entertain all the other children."
Lucy battled systemic mastocytosis, a scarring of the bone marrow, and JMML leukaemia.
Her family's hopes were raised and then dashed after she underwent a bone marrow transplant, which ultimately proved unsuccessful.
The show celebrating her life takes place on Saturday and begins at 7pm.