Special production raises funds
A STUDENT who contracted a deadly disease while at Bristol University recounted her experience at a special production to raise awareness and funds for two charities.
Onor Crummay, 23, who came to the city in September 2008 to study history, had only been at university a few weeks when she began feeling increasingly unwell. She had flu-like symptoms and felt run-down, then massively deteriorated in just a few days.
Onor was finally taken to hospital after she collapsed in a book shop.
Doctors later diagnosed her with bacterial meningitis, which caused her to suffer neurological damage and learning difficulties.
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But after taking time out, Onor returned to the university in October 2009, as a disabled student.
The aspiring history teacher, who lives in York Gardens, Clifton, is now close to completing her degree and is due to study a PGCE teaching qualification next year.
Onor is one of the members of PearlProductions, a new events team formed by graduates and undergraduates at the university.
It was founded by Nadia Abdulla, 22, who benefited from the care of Macmillan Cancer Support from the age of 12 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She wanted to give something back, so decided to put her excellent ballet training and production experience to good use.
The team has organised a charity ballet called Symba, with original choreography and an original score – the full production of which will take place in November.
The team hopes to raise more than £2,500.
A launch event took place last night and included a dance display, a fashion show, and gave Onor a chance to recount her experience.
Nadia said: "When I was 12 my mum was diagnosed with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support really got me and her through it.
"The charity have continued to help when other family members got cancer. In total 10 of my family have suffered with cancer.
"I really feel now is the time to give something back and this event was all about making the public more aware of what we are doing.
"At the November event we hope to raise about £2,500 but tonight was all about raising awareness."
Talking about her illness, Onor said: "In hindsight it was very frightening how quickly I deteriorated and looking back there is a lot people don't know about meningitis, which is why I want to raise awareness of the disease."
All donations made at the event went to Macmillan Cancer Support and Meningitis UK.
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