Cheadle Academy 6th Form Choir release charity single in memory of teacher

Students at Cheadle Academy Sixth Form College are aiming for the charts with a charity single to raise vital funds for Dougie Mac.

The 40-strong choir’s single ‘My Oh My’ has been released today – Friday 15th November 2019. The song was written by popular Senior Assistant Principal Craig Beverley’s band before his death in October 2016.

The pupils began carol singing at local supermarkets in December 2017 and have since raised £22,000 for Dougie Mac, which offers specialised care for patients in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent facing a life-limiting illness when a cure is no longer possible.

Student Jack Hammond said: “We were performing at supermarkets and raising a few hundred pounds each time. We thought, ‘If we’re having so much success, why stop there?’ One thing led to another and now we’ve recorded a charity single and we’re trying to get it in the charts.

“Everyone’s got their own reasons for taking part; everyone’s been touched in some way by Dougie Mac or a life-limiting illness that they want to do something to help. For me, it’s showing people how, with just a little bit of commitment and effort, you can genuinely make a difference.

“The legacy that we want to leave behind is that if you want to make something happen for a good cause like this, there’s no reason why you can’t do it.”

The choir recorded the single and a promotional video in partnership with Staffordshire University.

Laura Allsopp, Head of Sixth Form at Cheadle Academy, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students. The group are so dedicated and what started as a small choir has grown and grown.

“It is really lovely to see a significant number of our students giving up their free time in order to benefit those in our local community. I am incredibly proud to be a part of such a wonderful project.”

Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising & Lottery at Dougie Mac said: “We’re delighted that students at Cheadle Sixth Form have raised such a huge sum of money through their fantastic fundraising efforts. This will make an enormous contribution to the care we’re able to provide at Dougie Mac.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped to raise such a wonderful amount and we look forward to the release of what we know will be an amazing charity single, featuring over 40 inspirational students, in honour of Mr Beverley.

“All monies raised by this single will help us deliver excellent care to local people approaching end of life.”

You can follow the choir’s progress on Cheadle Academy’s Facebook page or website where links to download the single will be available:

Photo Credit: Staffs Live

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