Volunteers answer call to help former West End child actress

Volunteers from a national building charity have responded to a call for help adapting the home of a former West End child actress and dancer – who has worked with Sam Mendes, Martin Clunes, Lionel Blair and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Audra Mitcheson-Soley’s career spans nearly five decades, but she now suffers from a number of conditions – including hypermobility, connective tissue disease, arteriosclerosis, noises and an aorta dilated – who will eventually see her needing the use of a wheelchair. Audra and her husband Drew have appealed to Band of Builders (BoB) for help installing a new bathroom as she can no longer use a bath and a hot shower twice a day is helping ease the pain of its many symptoms.

A team of half a dozen volunteers from BoB – a registered charity which carries out practical projects to help members of the UK construction industry who are battling illness or injury – will travel to the home of Audra at Torpoint next week. The ever-resilient Audra remains positive and optimistic, even though she hasn’t worked in recent years, as the combination of conditions increasingly impacts her mobility and quality of life with her family, including her six-year-old. eldest daughter Azaria.

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“I can’t thank Band of Builders enough for coming out to help,” she said. “It’s very exciting for us to finally have a properly functioning bathroom and being able to shower several times a day will really help ease my constant pain and discomfort. It will make my world so much easier.

Audra and her husband Drew – a full-time carpenter – have appealed to Band of Builders (BoB) for help installing a new bathroom, as she can no longer use a bath and a hot shower twice a day. day helps relieve pain. of his symptoms.

Audra has very flexible joints, which made her a flexible dancer and actress as a child. Her professional career began at the age of five and at 11 she headlined the first children’s stage production of Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty’s Theater in London. As a teacher, she has taught musical theater workshops to students across Europe, theater therapy workshops for Seale-Hayne, street dance workshops at local schools, and most recently, theater and dance workshops for dancers from UK, European and International Latin and Ballroom Championships. , between teaching theater for over 15 years.

Band of Builders Project Manager Kevin Choat said, “I am proud to lead a Band of Builders team that will volunteer time to create an accessible bathroom that will meet Audra’s immediate and future needs. It is so important for the construction community to take care of each other and I know that all the volunteers on this project see it as a privilege to be able to do something that will improve Audra’s life.

It will be the 25th project to date for BoB, which has more than 10,000 supporters from across the construction industry and is backed by big names in the industry, including Dewalt and Jewson.

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