January 2016: Talented students raise charity cash

talent Danny Carr

A SCHOOL’s talent show helped to raise a staggering £1,644 for Derian House Children’s Hospice, in Chorley.

Students from all years at Haslingden High School took to the stage in the Sixth Form Theatre to showcase their skills.

Pastoral manager Gill Lynch said: “We had singers, dancers, a ballet dancer, a piano solo, a group of street dancing boys and even a magician.”

They performed in front of each year group and at the end each group picked their favourite.

The money raised benefited Derian House Children’s Hospice in memory of Saul Chapman, a pupil at St Veronica’s RC School, Helmshore, who sadly lost his battle to cancer in 2014.


Mrs Lynch said: “Saul’s brother Archie is a student in Year 8 and when we decided to raise the money I checked it was all right with him first.

“I ran assemblies and Saul’s mother provided me with photographs of his life to tell his story.

“The sixth form students went round with buckets collecting money and each year group voted for their winning performance.

“We had loads of different students audition for a place but just 16 got to perform in the show.”

The school was visited by Derian House community fundraiser John Rullo who was presented with the cheque by Archie and he got to meet all the performers who took part in the talent show and told them more about the work of the hospice.