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Wednesday 10 June 2009 @ 16:53 - GMT

A Portishead-based Youth In Action project has been given a boost by a pop legend.

A group of 18 young performers from South Africa, all orphaned as a result of HIV or AIDS, will visit North Somerset this month, using dance, music and drama to convey messages about the disease that has affected all their lives.

The project has been awarded a grant from the EJAF, which supports the work of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.

But, as icing on the cake, Elton has provided free tickets to his concert at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club on Saturday, for all 18 visitors.

As a result, the first of their shows, which takes place at Portishead Methodist Church on Saturday, will begin an hour earlier than planned at 6.30 p.m. and run until 7.30 p.m.

During the performance, Thandy, one of the visitors, will share her story and tell how Thembalethu, a project, that supports AIDS orphans, has helped her and her siblings over the last seven years.

Jayne Morris-Thurgood, who runs Bella Natura, the not for profit, organic children's shop in Portishead High Street, will play host to the group at her home in Weston-in-Gordano for the next three weeks. All profits from the shop go to Thembalethu.

Seats for the free concert will be available on a first come first served basis and there will be a collection for the project at the end.

Another Youth in Action performance takes place at Gordano School on June 19. Tickets for this event are £3 each and are available from Bella Natura in Portishead High Street or on the door.