A FUND launched in honour of a Southampton teenager who lost his battle with cancer will receive a theatrical boost this week.
Benjamin Pavitt was just 16 when a relapse of his acute T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoblastic lymphoma ended his life in October.
Former Noadswood School pupil Ben, from Marchwood, raised thousands for charity during 15 months of treatment and wanted his legacy to be one of helping others.
His Legacy of Love Fund, launched by parents Mike and Suzie and sister Lauren, has already raised £18,500 to help the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group to raise much-needed funds for research into children’s cancers.
The curtain will go up on its latest fundraiser tonight.
SOS Presents, an amateur dramatic group the whole Pavitt family enjoyed performing with, is staging musical Legally Blonde at MAST Mayflower Studios from tonight until Saturday. Ben’s father Mike is understudying the role of Callahan.
Supported by Southampton law firm Paris Smith, where Mike is a partner, a portion of ticket sales from the show and retiring collections will go to Ben’s fund.
The Pavitts all appeared in the society’s version of Oliver. Ben also performed with Waterside Musical Society. He’s pictured playing one of the Von Trapp children alongside his father Mike.
In Legally Blonde, pretty Elle Woods just wants to marry her college sweetheart. But Warner has big career ambitions – and needs a serious girlfriend. When Warner dumps Elle and heads to Harvard Law School, Elle vows to do whatever it takes to win him back. Even if that means studying at the world’s most prestigious law school herself.
Tickets from mayflowerstudios.org.uk