A talented young musician certainly hit the right note when it came to raising funds for Derian House – the hospice supporting children, young people and their families from across the North West.
As part of the Archbishop’s Award for her Religious Education homework, Southlands High School pupil Shannon Walmsley (12) entertained shoppers in Chorley town centre with songs from Elvis to McFly – all played on her ukulele – to raise more than £120 for Derian .
The money will be used to support children and young people, aged up to 26, with life-limiting medical conditions and life-threatening illnesses through respite and end-of-life care, as well as to provide on-going support for their families.
“The reaction of the public was great!” said Shannon, from Coppull. “I really wanted to give something back to the community and thought it would be a good idea to use my love of music to help out such a great charity as Derian House, which helps so many children.”
Shannon’s proud mum, Cherlene, supported her daughter throughout her busking sessions and said: “I’m so proud of Shannon. The busking was her idea and she did a great job! “
As well as the ukulele, Shannon also plays the guitar, euphonium, cornet, piano and drums and has a great singing voice. “I’ve been playing the ukulele since I was nine,” said Shannon, who is following in the musical footsteps of her mum and dad, Chris, who have both played in bands. She plays in Coppull and Standish Brass Band and has also appeared in Coppull Folk Festival.
Not to be left out, Shannon’s younger brother Josef (nine) also sings and plays the tenor horn.
John Rullo, fund-raiser at Derian House, said: “Shannon is so talented and we’re over the moon that she decided to use her love of music to help us here at Derian House. It’s so heart-warming to see children helping other children and we’re sure that Shannon will have spread happiness around the streets of Chorley with her busking.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Shannon for her donation – and we can’t wait to see her appearing on our TV screens in years to come, perhaps on ‘X-Factor’ or ‘The Voice’!”