Teen organises charity event for Huntington's Disease.

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Richmond)

A TEENAGER is appealing for support for a fundraising event he is organising which has grown from a small venue last year to a large open-air show.

Josh Cunnington, 17, from Northallerton, organised High Diversity last year to raise money for rare condition Huntington’s Disease after the death of his grandfather from the disease.

His mother and aunt have also been diagnosed with the degenerative genetic disorder that commonly becomes noticeable in middle age and progresses from a lack of muscle co-ordination to cognitive decline and dementia.

After the success of his previous event he decided to expand and gained permission from Northallerton Town Council to use Bullamoor Memorial Park in the town, and said he is now desperately seeking sponsorship and acts to perform.

He said: “I have been working really hard all year to make the event even bigger and better than the previous one.

“I have been in touch with local companies, acts and councils to make sure the event is publicised and as much awareness as possible for Huntington’s Disease Association is raised.

“Thanks to local business - www.thespecialists.org.uk - we now have an amazing new website they have sponsored free of charge for the event.

“This year we hope to raise £75,000, but if we can get the help of local or national businesses to sponsor the event we hope to raise a lot more, so I am looking for sponsorship no matter how big or small.”

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place on Saturday, July 20, from noon until 8pm, and cost £16.50.

Acts already booked include X-factor finalist JonJo Kerr, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Be Minor, The Zimmers and Footloose School of Dance.

Travel and tourism student Josh added: “We are looking for anyone who has a talent - singers, dancers, comedians, or magicians - the more different the act the better.”

For more information visit highdiversity.co.uk.

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