A seven-year-old boy has helped raise over £900 for Myton Hospice in memory of his late father.
Jimmy Scanlon from Hillmorton organised a concert with Bilton Silver Training Band which took place at Princethorpe College in December. The concert, called Jimmy’s Heroes, packed the college’s chapel to capacity and over 50 young musicians took part.
In 2007, when Jimmy was one year old, his father died and this was Jimmy’s way of giving something back to Myton Hospice, which looked after his dad while he was ill.
Jo, his mother, said: “I’m incredibly proud of Jimmy for what he’s helped to achieve. We were hoping to raise £500, so to raise over £900 was amazing. He has been a bit embarrassed by all the attention this had led to but it was a wonderful thing to do and the money is going to such a worthy cause.”
She added: “The concert was wonderful and he and I are very grateful to Princethorpe College and Bilton Silver Training band for the support they gave to Jimmy’s idea.”
Performances featured the Bilton Silver Training Band, Bilton Silver Academy4Youth, Crescent School Brass Group and several young soloists.
Judith Hayes of Bilton Silver Band, said: “More than 50 young musicians took to the stage in support of Jimmy and his mum. A varied programme to suit all tastes ranged from The James Bond Theme to Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, with Jimmy himself being the youngest soloist to take to the stage, in what was an evening of musical entertainment of the highest quality, led by compere Mark Allen.
“Following a thank you to Ed Hester, headmaster of Princethorpe College, for generously allowing the use of the chapel for the event, the evening concluded with some audience participation and a rousing rendition of Lily the Pink.”