Portishead dancer launches online crowdfunding appeal after losing London college loan

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 August 2018

Niamh Allanson-Campbell. Picture: Chris T Hughes

Niamh Allanson-Campbell. Picture: Chris T Hughes

Chris T Hughes

A Portishead dancer is appealing for help to attend a top London performing arts college after the ‘devastating’ withdrawal of a student finance loan.

Niamh Allanson-Campbell, aged 18, has been offered a place on the BA Musical Theatre course at Millennium Performing Arts.

Her studies had been supported by a student and maintenance loan from Student Finance England, but this is no longer available leaving her ability to afford London living costs in the balance.

Despite receiving financial help from her parents, Niamh still needs more support if she is to fulfil her dream.

Niamh said: “While I had already started making plans for accommodation and part-time work in the area, we had the devastating news in July that Student Finance England would not be funding the course for September 2018 entry.

“Unfortunately, this means I have no financial support from the Government for my vocational training and without some means of financial help, I may not be able to train as a performer at Millennium Performing Arts.

“My parents are giving me as much financial support as they can but with the elevated costs of living in London I still need help.

“Nevertheless, I am still determined to do everything I can to try to find the money to fund my training and become a professional performer.”

Niamh is working as a lifeguard in three places and has also already found work in London, but needs extra help to be able to complete her studies.

In return for donations, she is pledging to speak to young dancers about her experiences as well as provide updates on her training and information on any productions she will be performing in.

Niamh started dancing aged four and has previously trained at the Centre for Advanced Training in Swindon where she performed in James Wilton’s Leviathan and was on stage at the WOMAD arts festival with theatre group Compagnie Pernette.

She is also a synchronised swimmer and represented England in the 13-14 age category in 2015.

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