Maggie’s Charity Concert
Maggie Walker, Year 5, threw a birthday party with a difference recently.
Instead of party games and a magician, Maggie and five of her friends put others first by staging a fund-raising concert at Malvern College in aid of St Richard’s Hospice. An audience of about 30 people came to support the event and £400 was raised for this wonderful charity.
Maggie was inspired to fundraise for St Richard’s Hospice by the experience of her family friend and neighbour Catriona Craig, who was given end-of-life palliative care at the Hospice last summer. Maggie visited Catriona while she was there and was so inspired that she decided she wanted to give something back in Catriona’s memory.
As she comes from a musical family, a concert was an obvious choice and the audience was entertained for 40 minutes with a diverse selection of music. The programme included ‘The Bare Necessities’ from The Jungle Book and ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot, which Maggie herself played on the French horn. She also sang a delightful selection of songs about Peter Rabbit.
Maggie and her friends were accompanied on the piano by her father Allan Walker with additional support from her grandfather Richard Walker on the double bass and grandmother Gay Walker on the French horn.
Mrs Woodhouse, Headmistress, who attended the concert to support Maggie along with Ms Stentiford, Head of Prep Department and many of Maggie’s friends and their parents, described the event as ‘a ray of joy on a miserable, rainy Saturday afternoon’.
Anyone who would like to contribute to Maggie’s fundraising efforts should contact justgiving.com/MaggieWalker2007/.