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29 November 2006

Help Isobel’s Piper dream

ISOBEL Hodgins - hopes to follow in the footsteps of Billie Piper.ISOBEL Hodgins - hopes to follow in the footsteps of Billie Piper.

ONE of Salford’s brightest young stars could miss out on the chance to follow in the footsteps of Emma Bunton, Billie Piper and Denise Van Outen unless she can find the funds to pay for a place at the country’s top stage school.

Eleven-year-old Isobel Hodgins was overjoyed when she beat off thousands of hopeful youngsters who performed for a place at the Silvia Young Stage School in London where some of Britain’s most successful singers and actors, including Kate Winslet and members of S Club 7, were trained.

But the dedicated youngster could have to give up her place unless she finds enough cash for her annual tuition fees.

Isobel’s mum Karen Hodgins, 38, was overwhelmed when she found out her daughter had won a place but feels the excitement could be short lived.

She said: “I always knew she was talented. It was really moving when we found out she had won a place. I just hope she won’t be disappointed if we don’t get the money.”

Karen, a single parent and nurse from Westwood Park estate, is hopeful they will find a sponsor soon to help pay the annual £2,500 fees and £20 per day living costs to place Isobel with a host family.

Audrey Clark, Isobel’s teacher from Bright Sparks Drama Academy in Eccles, said: “I can honestly say that Isobel has the X factor. She has exactly the right temperament and is not too showey. I know that if she gets this chance I will see her on television or on the West End stage one day.”

Isobel, who also attends the Francine Garter School of Dance, has been dancing and acting since she was four-years-old.

She said: “I am so excited about doing what I love. I really enjoy dancing and acting and I can’t wait. I just love performing and then seeing how the audience react.”

Isobel, a pupil of Holy Cross and All Saints has already started hatching ideas for fundraising.

  • ANYONE interested in sponsoring Isobel can contact her drama school by calling Audrey Clark on: 0161 793 0786.

  • First published by the Salford Advertiser

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