While I was visiting the Cheadle Youth Club on the 27th November, I met a lady called Mrs Green who spoke to me about a choir her son was a member of – I was intrigued and wanted to learn more! Later that day her son, Todd Green, contacted me and explained the story of the choir and how they have got to where they are today. I’ll let him take over from here…
“A few years ago some members of the Cheadle Academy Sixth Form wished to go carol singing in supermarkets to raise a bit of money for charity. This proved to be very successful, as they raised a little over £2,000 which was subsequently donated to cancer research. They decided that they wanted to carry on this initiative and raise some more money but this time for the Dougie Mac Hospice.
This charity was picked as it holds a very special place in the hearts of The Cheadle Academy staff and students, as it is where a former member of staff, Mr Beverley, received palliative care before his tragic passing in 2016.
The initial target for the fundraising was to raise £12,000 in the space of a year. The choir smashed this target but didn’t want to stop there. Since then, we have raised over £23,000. Recently we have released a charity single with the prospect of raising even more money for the Hospice. The song itself, My Oh My, was written by Mr Beverley’s band mates. We have only been able to produce the single as we were approached by Staffordshire University, which offered its services to us, through their recording studios and production team. The single is now available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Dougie Mac Hospice.”
You can buy the single by visiting https://www.thecheadleacademy.co.uk/News/My-Oh-My-Charity-Single-Released/ – it’d make the perfect Christmas present!
I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the choir on their amazing success and for raising such an astounding amount of money for an extremely worthwhile cause. I’m sure the amount will only keep going up!