January 2014: Charity secure thanks to High School performers

Charity secure thanks to High School performers

CARING students who sang, danced, performed magic and played instruments have secured a charity’s future for a whole year.

Forty students from Haslingden High School took to the stage to perform five shows of the Xmas Factor to raise money for Burnley and Pendle Headway, a charity that also supports people from Rossendale who have had brain injuries and their carers.

The final total of £1,323.49 has covered all events and expenses for the charity for a year.

Chairman Janet Watson said: “It is absolutely amazing. It is a fantastic sum for us, beyond our expectations. We are very grateful.”

The charity relies solely on donations and fund-raising and holds social meetings most months at Brierfield Community Centre, as well as a Christmas meal and an annual day trip; last year it was to Chester Zoo.

All of the plans for this year can now go ahead thanks to the students’ efforts.

Molly Morley, 11, said: “I danced in the show and was on stage with the Year 10 and 11 students. We did a dance to a remix of songs and the Year 8 students voted us as the best.”

Budding actress Jamie-Leigh Brown, 11, sang a solo of the Bruno Mars song When I’m Your Man.

She said: “I attend Carol Godby Theatre Workshop in Bury and have been an extra in Coronation Street as well as having a role in the new BBC1 drama Happy Valley.”

The six-part drama has a host of stars including Sarah Lancashire and will be screened later this year.

Headway has been providing help, support and advice to brain injury victims and their families for more than 20 years. It has 30 regular members and since Christmas has been approached by 10-15 new potential members from across Rossendale.

All the members are volunteers who have direct experience of brain injuries. For more information about Headway contact Janet on 01282 425939.