Kind-hearted mum tracks down ticket for sell-out Little Mix concert for little orphaned girl

A kind-hearted mum has tracked down a ticket for a sell-out concert for a little orphaned girl after an online appeal.

Monday, 21st March 2016, 10:33 am
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 10:36 am
Elyse Platts, aged eight (left), with Olivia Stevens, also aged eight. The young girls will now be attending a Little Mix concert at Sheffield Arena after Elyse's mum Sam launched an online appeal to get Olivia a ticket.

Sam Jayne Platts, aged 29, of Harehilll, Grangewood, wanted to take eight-year-old Olivia Stevens to see pop girl band Little Mix with her daughter Elyse, also aged eight, at the Sheffield Arena on April 23.

Olivia’s mum, Gemma, aged 32, was found dead by firefighters on Catherine Street, Brampton, on Thursday March 3.

Following a post on Facebook, Sam has managed to get her hands on three front seat tickets as well as free transport.

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“I just wanted to put a smile back on her face, even if it just for a few hours,” Sam said.

“When I found out what had happened I was very shocked. You do not expect things like this to happen.”

Olivia also has a young brother, Cael, aged five, and an older sister, Chloe, aged 15.

Olivia and Cael’s dad, David Bayne, died almost four years ago.

Sam says she has known Gemma all her life and that her mum Catherine is close friends with Gemma’s mum, Janet.

Following Gemma’s tragic death, Sam took to social media site Facebook to appeal for help in tracking down a spare ticket for the sell-out concert.

The mum-of-two, who has another daughter called Jorga-Francis, aged five, even tried contacting the girl band’s management.

After the post was widely shared, a woman came forward to say that Sam could exchange her two already purchased tickets, for three new seats near the front.

“I am delighted,” Sam said.

“Naylor’s Taxis in Chesterfield have offered us free transport and others have come forward to do the girls’ nails and hair.”