I AM writing to ask readers across Eastbourne to perfect their music and singing skills this November and support Practice-a-thon – a national fundraising campaign run by CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Orchestras and choirs are encouraged to take part in Practice-a-thon and hold a sponsored practice for young pupils to help them pass exams, or even put on a show and sell tickets.
Practising music and song can improve young performers’ wellbeing, and with Practice-a-thon it can also help CLIC Sargent improve the wellbeing of families affected by childhood cancer.
There are lots of different ways people across Eastbourne can get involved in the campaign. From organising a simple sponsored violin practise or a special concert, there really are options to have fun with music and song and fundraise at the same time.
Last year budding music stars held some great events - from sponsored practices to Christmas concerts - and raised over £2,200. That money, could for example, pay for a CLIC Sargent Social Worker to support families for two weeks.
The charity’s social workers help the whole family, including siblings and grandparents, to understand and cope with the emotional, practical and financial effects of cancer.
Groups have the option of keeping 25 per cent of the funds raised and CLIC Sargent provides a free event pack. For more information or to register your own event visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/practiceathon or call 0845 120 6340
Event fundraising manage