Becky's West End dream comes true

Tom Chambers with Becky Gill Baisotti on stage in the West End musical Top Hat (Chris O'Donovan/Starlight Children's Foundation /PA)

Tom Chambers with Becky Gill Baisotti on stage in the West End musical Top Hat (Chris O'Donovan/Starlight Children's Foundation /PA)

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A seriously ill student's wish came true when she turned in a starring performance in a West End show.

Becky Gill Baisotti, 21, joined former Strictly Come Dancing champion Tom Chambers on stage at London's Aldwych Theatre as he appeared as Jerry Travers in Top Hat.

Miss Gill Baisotti, from Camden, north London, suffers from tuberous sclerosis, which is a genetic disorder causing severe seizures and affects the major organs of the body.

In 2009, she had a prolonged seizure resulting in cardiac arrest. During the vital surgical procedures that followed she had further cardiac arrests and spent many months in hospital.

The child care student, who wants to be a paediatric nurse, was referred to Starlight Children's Foundation for a wish but she was too ill to leave hospital to have her dream come true of performing in a West End show.

But fantasy turned to reality on Friday night for the musicals fan as she trod the boards, singing and dancing with the cast, ahead of the closing performance of the show.

Describing the experience as "sensational", she said: "I couldn't have asked or even dreamed of anything like it. I was shaking with nerves beforehand but as soon as I got on stage it felt wonderful. Everybody was really supportive, which really helped.

"I just forgot that the audience was there and did the best I could. I really enjoyed every moment of it. I would describe my Starlight wish as a dream and I can't thank the charity and the team at Top Hat enough for making it come true."

Mr Chambers, known for his role as Sam Strachan in the BBC medical drama Holby City, said: "It was an absolute honour to help Starlight grant Becky's wish to perform in a West End musical. Dancing in the role of Jerry Travers had long been a dream of mine and it felt wonderful to be able to make Becky's own West End wish come true.

"Starlight is a fantastic charity and I am proud to have seen first hand how wishes can transform the lives of very brave children and young people like Becky. She has been through a huge amount and it was very moving to see her live her dream on stage - she was a natural."

Starlight Children's Foundation works to grant seriously and terminally ill youngsters' wishes - www.starlight.org.uk

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