A FUNDRAISING group which was formed after an Alexandria girl was diagnosed with a serious lung condition struck the right note when they organised a music and dance event at Denny Civic Theatre.
Harper’s Helpers presented 'Hope,' which was a fundraising showcase for local dancers and singers, in aid of the Royal Hospital for Children and the Child UK Lung Foundation.
The event took place at Denny Civic Theatre on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4 and was hailed a resounding success.
In September the Reporter told how Alexandria girl Harper Hyslop, then aged five, was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease and her diagnosis prompted ‘Harper’s Helpers’ to be formed and start a campaign into funding research into the disease.
And they boosted the fundraising coffers by embarking on a sponsored walk up Ben Lomond, which helped raise more than £1,000.
In January last year, Harper was on top of the world when she made her TV debut in a new series of children’s programme The Teletubbies.
The show’s producers visited her nursery to stage auditions for the show and later got back in touch to invite Harper and her friends to a film shoot with the Teletubbies in Aviemore, where they were tasked with making a giant caterpillar out of snow.
In the weeks that followed, though, Harper’s illness took a hold and the family was later told about the rare form of lung disease.
This month's musical showcase, which saw hundreds attend over the two nights, was also organised to coincide with Rare Diseases Day.
Harper's mum Jodie, from Clydebank, said: "The show was fantastic and we sold out on Friday.
"Those that took part were Singer Station, Dawn's Dance Academy, Sutherland School of Dance, Nicola McGregor School of Dance, Primo Dance, Believe Dance Academy, Lynne McMunnigall School of Dance and Alana Rose Irish Dance Company.
"And our independent singers were Taylor Gilmour and Tyra Ross."
Organisers are still tallying up the proceeds of the music and dance extravaganza.
But Harper's Helpers have also decided to release a charity single too, which should help boost the coffers.
Jodie explained: "We also released our charity single 'Your Heart Will Guide The Way. '
"We do have CD's and it will be going on iTunes."
She added: "I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who participated in the show but also to those who donated and those who took the time to attend."
If you want to find out more about the new single or to purchase it then send a message to Harper's Helpers via their Facebook page.