Fundraising drive for inspirational Gemma

Gemma and her husband Dominic on their wedding day.
Gemma and her husband Dominic on their wedding day.
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friends and family of a north Leeds mum who collapsed at work are organising a fundraising event with a difference.

Yorkshire Has Talent is being organised by friends and family of Gemma Newman, who suffered sudden and life-changing brain bleeds in May this year.

Gemma, 40, who is married to Dominic and has a seven-year- old son Luke, underwent life saving operations and is now facing a long and challenging road towards regaining independence.

Along with the support and donations of time and skills from Gemma’s friends and family, close friends Kendra Verity and Sarah Booth have taken on the on the mammoth challenge of organising the Yorkshire Has Talent event, which takes place on January 10 at the Engine Shed in Wetherby.

A panel of Yorkshire’s favourite soap stars will be judging at the event and during the auditions, which also take place at the Engine Shed this Sunday and on December 14. This week’s auditions are already full and a few spaces remain for December 14. Around 40 acts are expected to audition, with a final selection of 10 variety acts chosen for the main event.

“My wife is fighting hard every day to be able to come home and I desperately want to help her find a way back into a life that she knew and loved,” said Dominic. “This event has given us all hope that our struggle may be aided and we are indebted to each and every person who has worked so hard to make this happen.

Emma Newman, Dominic’s daughter, added: “It is so wonderful to be a part of such a great event, not only to be able to raise the much needed funding for my beautiful step-mum’s rehabilitation, but to also raise awareness of the unfortunate situations many families are struck with.”

Audition days are open to the public (11am-5pm).