A BRIGHT young star is asking for help to attend a prestigious drama school as a lack of funding could end her dream.

Daisy Edmunds, of Perham Down, beat off competition from more than 2,000 people who auditioned for a place at The Italia Conti Academy, based in London, to study musical theatre for three years.

“I was really chuffed when I heard that I have been given a place as I had worked really hard and the school has a really prestigious alumni.”

But, after receiving the news, Daisy turned to the task of financing the almost £16,000-a-year course and discovered she would not be able to receive the full amount in student loans.

“It is very frustrating especially when drama students work so hard and we have more contact time. University students have so much funding readily available to them, but because I am doing a diploma there isn’t as much,” Daisy added.

She has received some funding through a government loan which began this year, but the 19-year-old is asking for help from the community to achieve her aspiration and achieve the full amount.

On her gofundme page, Daisy said: “Going to drama school has been a dream of mine since I was around 11-years-old and I have never once faltered on achieving this goal no matter how many setbacks I have had. Now my opportunity is here but I just need a little help from the community to get me on my way.”

So far donations have been rolling in from family, friends and even kind-hearted strangers.

“I am so grateful to those who have already donated as it is a massive step closer because of their generosity,” Daisy added.

But she is now looking for more people to help her reach her fundraising target of £6,000.

“For those who are thinking about donating I would say definitely go for it, it doesn’t matter how big or small the contribution is it only takes one kind person donated to get me on my way.”

Daisy’s ambition to get into musical theatre started after she went to see Billy Elliot on the stage.

“I had always been involved with the acting side of things but when I went to see Billy Elliot I decided I wanted to be involved in musical theatre.”

Since then Daisy has been lucky enough to get into the National Youth Theatre aged 14 which opened up new routes for her and allowed her to attend auditions for the BBC in London.

And when deciding on her next step she auditioned for nine schools, rehearsing hours of dance pieces, songs and monologues before gaining her place at Italia Conti to start her career as a professional actor.

To help Daisy achieve her dream, go to gofundme.com/funding-for-italia-conti-academy.