February 2015: Talent show raises funds for two worthy causes

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WHEN inspirational Corey Scott completed the ice bucket challenge he had no idea it would lead to his former school raising £1,300 for his chosen charities.

Corey, 22, used to attend Haslingden High School and when his former pastoral mentor Gill Lynch saw his challenge on Facebook she showed it to students in assembly.

She said: “We decided that the money raised through the Xmas Factor concerts should go to the two charities that Corey was supporting via his challenge – Rossendale Rays and the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust.”

Students auditioned to be chosen for the talent show and six concerts were held featuring dancers, singers, a band and a pianist. MC was 16-year-old Jack Spence.

Corey, who has cerebral palsy, was the face of Rossendale Rays when the multi-ability swimming club was fighting the threatened closure of Marl Pits in Rawtenstall.

He said: “I was waiting for someone to nominate me for the ice bucket challenge.

“I had been wanting to do it for a long time then my best friend from college, James Booker nominated me.

“He did his challenge on Brighton Pier whereas I was in my back garden!  There was so much ice in my bucket.

“I wanted to raise money for something worthwhile and I have two charities close to my heart.

“Rossendale Rays is an absolutely wonderful club because it provides social opportunities and physical swimming time in the water.

“For the HCPT gang, raising the money will mean a lot more children and adults will experience the spirituality and magic of Lourdes.

“How can I describe going to Lourdes? It is just fabulous from start to finish. You are part of a team and nobody gets left out, even if you are disabled or have special needs, that remains totally insignificant.

“It is a lot of fun and the friendships you make stay with you for the rest of your life.”

Rossendale Rays has more than 400 members and chairperson Clare Mulderrig said: “Corey is absolutely inspirational. We have been going for 10 years and he was one of our founder members. He has campaigned in London several times and represented Rossendale Rays at a council meeting.”

Angela O’Connor from HCPT Manchester region said: “Corey has come with us to Lourdes four times. We take children at Easter and adults in the summer and he will be coming with us again in the summer of 2016.”