While many young people will be busy drawing up their Christmas lists, Year 10 students Edward Burgess and Innes Peek have decided to make an impact by organising a concert themselves to raise funds for EPIC, the Hospital’s fund for children and young people with epilepsy.
Edward and Innes have created the event, featuring Cheltenham Silver Band and the STRS chamber choir, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, and look forward to welcoming people to the Sir Thomas Rich’s School for a fun filled festive fundraising evening.
There are approximately 500 children and young people with epilepsy in Gloucestershire, supported by the pediatric epilepsy service based at Gloucester Royal Hospital. Donations to EPIC help to provide extra care and items over and above the NHS, funding everything from specialist diagnostic equipment to counselling sessions which provide short term mental health care for children and young people diagnosed with epilepsy.
Both students have first-hand experience of the work EPIC do for children and young people.
Edward Burgess “The paediatric epilepsy team have been incredible for me and my family, and I know Innes has had a similar family experience. Organising this concert is a chance to say thanks and give something back by raising funds for EPIC.
The music will range from a time travelling journey to all the festive favourites, so we’ll have Christmas cheer but also a lively and fun evening. It’s been a lot of work but we’ve really enjoyed it, and the music is sounding amazing. We’re now looking forward to seeing everyone on the night. “
The concert will take place from 7:30pm – 9:30pm on Friday 8th December at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Longlevens and tickets are available in advance from EPIC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or can be purchased on the night for £6 per adult and £4 for children.