When 15-year-old singer-songwriter, Jacob Reddy, heard that Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley was struggling financially due to the Covid 19 pandemic, he decided he wanted to help.Jacob, who recently released his first single ‘Kings’, set about organising a livestream concert, which he will be hosting from his music studio (bedroom), and where he’ll be joined by his 12 year old sister Lydia, along with many young and talented musician friends from across the North West.

Jacob has also been fortunate enough to receive a specially recorded performance from one of his personal heroes and inspirations, non-other than award-winning musical composer and singer Felix Hagan!

The concert will take place via Facebook @Jacob Reddy Music on Saturday May 9, from 7pm and will include a range of covers and original songs.

Jacob’s parents, Anthony and Maria said: “Derian House is a charity very close to our hearts, as staff there cared for our first born, Joseph, and all our family for three years after Joseph contracted meningitis as a new baby. They provided regular respite and, more importantly, amazing end of life care when Joseph died. We are delighted that Jacob and Lydia want to raise money for the hospice that looked after their brother.

“Hospices are often imagined as sad places due to the nature of the work carried out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Derian House provides happiness, enjoyment, care and love for children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions and provides equal amounts of respite and support for their families. We are forever in their debt.

“Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, Derian House is really struggling financially and we would dearly love to help them overcome the current shortfall in funding.”

Jacob regularly plays live across the North West, either busking, taking part in Open Mic sessions or playing in pubs and he is no stranger to helping to raise funds for various groups and charities. In November 2019, he released ‘Community Spirit’ a song which raised over £2,000 for a local homeless group of the same name.

Jacob added: “I am really looking forward to this event. As well as my sister Lydia, lots of my friends have come on board to help me with this mammoth task to raise as much money as we can for Derian House! They will each will be recording one or two personal messages in support of Derian House. And, most importantly, there will be onscreen opportunities for viewers to make online donations to this amazing cause.”

Derian House will also contribute short videos to be shown during the event that will show viewers how the hospice gives real happiness to the lives of the young people and will also explain exactly why it is so crucial that they raise as much money as possible.

Anthony said: “Finally, those taking part are all young musicians aged between 12 and 25 with amazing talent, both vocally and performance wise, and they are all providing their contributions free of charge. We hope lots and lots of people watch this ‘not to missed’ concert and if people feel they can make a donation, however small to support the hospice that provides vital care for children of Lancashire and beyond, we will be truly grateful.

“We want to say a big thanks too, to Georgia May Management in Clitheroe for all her help in promoting the livestream concert, and to Miles Berry for his technical support and expertise with the editing and recording process.”

Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at the hospice said: “It’s marvellous that a brother and sister are getting together, with their friends to help our Do it For Derian appeal. Our aim is to ensure our families have the best chance to make plenty of wonderful memories together and I’m sure Jacob, Lydia and friends will go a long way to helping us achieve this goal.”

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When 15-year-old singer-songwriter, Jacob Reddy, heard that Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley was struggling financially due to the Covid 19 pandemic, he decided he wanted to help.Jacob, who recently released his first single ‘Kings’, set about organising a livestream concert, which he will be hosting from his music studio (bedroom), and where he’ll be joined by his 12 year old sister Lydia, along with many young and talented musician friends from across the North West.

Jacob has also been fortunate enough to receive a specially recorded performance from one of his personal heroes and inspirations, non-other than award-winning musical composer and singer Felix Hagan!

The concert will take place via Facebook @Jacob Reddy Music on Saturday May 9, from 7pm and will include a range of covers and original songs.

Jacob’s parents, Anthony and Maria said: "Derian House is a charity very close to our hearts, as staff there cared for our first born, Joseph, and all our family for three years after Joseph contracted meningitis as a new baby. They provided regular respite and, more importantly, amazing end of life care when Joseph died. We are delighted that Jacob and Lydia want to raise money for the hospice that looked after their brother.

"Hospices are often imagined as sad places due to the nature of the work carried out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Derian House provides happiness, enjoyment, care and love for children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions and provides equal amounts of respite and support for their families. We are forever in their debt.

"Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, Derian House is really struggling financially and we would dearly love to help them overcome the current shortfall in funding."

Jacob regularly plays live across the North West, either busking, taking part in Open Mic sessions or playing in pubs and he is no stranger to helping to raise funds for various groups and charities. In November 2019, he released ‘Community Spirit’ a song which raised over £2,000 for a local homeless group of the same name.

Jacob added: "I am really looking forward to this event. As well as my sister Lydia, lots of my friends have come on board to help me with this mammoth task to raise as much money as we can for Derian House! They will each will be recording one or two personal messages in support of Derian House. And, most importantly, there will be onscreen opportunities for viewers to make online donations to this amazing cause."

Derian House will also contribute short videos to be shown during the event that will show viewers how the hospice gives real happiness to the lives of the young people and will also explain exactly why it is so crucial that they raise as much money as possible.

Anthony said: "Finally, those taking part are all young musicians aged between 12 and 25 with amazing talent, both vocally and performance wise, and they are all providing their contributions free of charge. We hope lots and lots of people watch this ‘not to missed’ concert and if people feel they can make a donation, however small to support the hospice that provides vital care for children of Lancashire and beyond, we will be truly grateful.

"We want to say a big thanks too, to Georgia May Management in Clitheroe for all her help in promoting the livestream concert, and to Miles Berry for his technical support and expertise with the editing and recording process."

Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at the hospice said: "It’s marvellous that a brother and sister are getting together, with their friends to help our Do it For Derian appeal. Our aim is to ensure our families have the best chance to make plenty of wonderful memories together and I’m sure Jacob, Lydia and friends will go a long way to helping us achieve this goal."