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‘Practice-a-thon’: Fundraising Through Music, Dance & Drama

Posted: 30th January 2014 | Category: Drama

By the time you read this, many of the Music, Dance and Drama pupils at Skippers shall be half way through our two weeks (27 January – 9 February) of Practice-a-thon’, a fundraising activity, which will raise money for children’s cancer charity, Clic-Sargent, and provide pupils with a great incentive to practise!

Many of the pupils at Skippers have Music, Dance and Drama lessons and practise at home between their lessons.  With today’s busy lifestyle, practice sessions are sometimes hard to encourage.  In previous years, parents and teachers have noticed a marked improvement when pupils practise regularly.  Sometimes this is all it takes for a student to ‘turn a corner’!  Being sponsored to practise can prove to be an excellent carrot! 

Sargent Cancer Care for Children was founded in 1968 by Sylvia Darley OBE as a lasting memory to the late Sir Malcolm Sargent, a famous conductor who, himself, died from cancer.  The trust later became Clic-Sargent.  The aim of the charity is to raise money to help children who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is estimated that ten children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day.

The charity raises money in order to support not just the children, but also their families.  It is important to try to keep family life as normal as possible and, to that end, the families are assigned a carer who looks after the needs of the siblings at home when their parents are staying in hospital.  The children will be met from school, a meal prepared, help given with homework or they can be taken to their evening activities.  This is obviously a difficult time for all concerned.  You can visit their website for more information:

Although this event is primarily for students from Years 4 to 8, it is open to any child at Skippers who has music, dance or drama lessons.  Don’t feel you have left it too late, you can still download a sponsorship form from the Clic-Sargent website or ask for one for the school office. 

As a ‘thank you’ gift, we shall present two music vouchers: one to the student who collects the most sponsorship money and the other to the student who has the greatest number of sponsors!

I thank you for your support and shall let you know how much money we raise!

Carolyn Holleyman

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