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Patient to top the bill at charity ball

A burns patient from Bradford will be the star of the show at a fundraising event next month.

18 year old Maya Fieldhouse, who lives in Wibsey, has been invited to sing at a masquerade ball being held in aid of the charity MY Burns Club, which provides invaluable support for Yorkshire and Humberside children who have suffered from burns.

Maya, who has been singing since she was 10, is a member of the Acorn Theatre Company and has recently stared in a performance of Cats. She will sing three songs at the ball, one of which will be At Last by Etta James.

“I love to sing,” said Maya, “I do need to have time to build my confidence before I go on stage though and I wouldn’t be singing in front of all those people if it wasn’t for MY Burns Club.”

Maya was admitted to the Children’s Regional Burns Unit at Pinderfields Hospital on the eve of her third birthday after suffering third degree burns, mainly to her legs, by falling into a bath of hot water.

“Since the day I was admitted everyone has been amazing in supporting me with my recovery, from taking my first painful steps to feeling good wearing shorts, they’ve been with me every step of the way.”

Attending the Burns Camps run by the charity is the one element which really provided a turning point for Maya. The camps are focussed on physical challenges as evidence shows that if young people with scars, who may not feel good about how their bodies look, feel good about what their bodies can achieve, it can help them have a better body image and increase their self-esteem; enhancing mood and social adjustment.

“I went to camp in joggers and came home in shorts,” she said proudly. “Seeing other people with burns scars and talking about your experiences really helps. I wouldn’t change a thing about myself this is who I am and my experience has only made me stronger.”

Tracy Foster is a play specialist at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust she plays an integral role in the rehabilitation of those admitted to the Children’s Regional Burns Unit and also runs the MY Burns Club charity. “A burn is a difficult injury for anyone to come to terms with, let alone a child,” she said. “We work with our patients to help them to learn to live with their scars and injuries and burns camps are just one way in which we facilitate this.

“I’m proud of the progress Maya has made and continues to make. She’s an amazing singer and has been persuaded before now to sing at camp, but I can’t wait to see her on that stage at the ball. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience for everyone.”

The black tie masquerade ball in aid of MY Burns Club, will be held at Oulton Hall, Leeds on 10 September, from 7pm. Tickets are priced £45 and can be purchased from Tracy Foster, Hospital Play Specialist at Pinderfields Hospital on 07795497083 or Tracy.Foster@midyorks.nhs.uk.