Cancer survivor Nikita Coulon is proving she has a real head for the stage.
The 26-year-old, from South Shore, is set to make a triumphant return to the stage in a special hair-raising and money-raising performance of Hairspray at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, in aid of CLIC Sargent – the children and young person’s cancer charity which supported her through her cancer treatment.
Nikita and The Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company are holding the charity performance on Wig Wednesday, May 20, CLIC Sargent’s annual fund-raising day – which sees people across the UK donning wacky wigs to work and school and raising money to support its work.
Nikita, who plays Tammy in the show, is encouraging local residents to buy tickets for the performance, or to join in Wig Wednesday, by pledging to wear a wig on the day.
Nikita was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare type of tumour which develops within bone – in her shin bone, at the age of 23.
The hardest thing for her about her condition and the treatment, was being unable to dance – her absolute passion – for more than two years.
But she says the help and support she received from CLIC Sargent helped her get through – and now she wants to give something back to the charity.
Nikita said: “When I was in hospital, I met my CLIC Sargent social worker James George and he was the best. He supported my family and I, and helped us through so many difficult times.
“After I finished treatment, the charity organised for me to go on a music workshop, which was amazing, as music is such an important part of my life.
“Now I am finally back on my feet, this special performance for Wig Wednesday is my way of giving something back to this incredible charity.
“What better way to do it, than by performing a show which is all about the wigs.
“Please come to the show or sign-up and get involved in Wig Wednesday – because the money raised by this event really does make a huge difference to young people like me.”
The hit musical Hairspray features a whole host of 60s inspired beehive wigs, quiffs and bouffants.
The audience for the charity performance is being asked to get involved and show their support for CLIC Sargent and children and young people with cancer, by wearing their wackiest wigs.
Lindsay Kay, CLIC Sargent fund-raising manager, said: “We are so proud to have the support of Nikita and the Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company, and it’s going to be a fantastic show.
“The funds raised from Wig Wednesday will go towards providing practical, emotional and financial support for more children and young people like Nikita.”
Hairspray runs from May 19 to 23, at The Grand Theatre. Visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call (01253) 290190. To sign up to Wig Wednesday, call 08451 212 492 or visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/wigwednesday