Our outstanding Blackburn Central High School choir had the pleasure of taking part in the Emojinal Health concert to raise money for CANW.
Blackburn Central High School, Shadsworth Infant School, Belthorn and Feniscowles Primary School performed at the Emojinal Health concert at the Preston Guild Hall on Wednesday 29th November 2017.
The BCHS choir took to the stage to perform the song ‘Joyful Joyful’ from the film Sister Act, which included vocal solos from Year 11 pupils Alex and Leanne and rap by Year 8 pupil Nicole. This was well received by the 1000 strong audience and all pupils involved should be very proud of their performance. The choir then joined together with pupils from other school for mass performances of ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’, The Jackson 5s ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ and Katie Perry’s ‘Roar’.
The hugely successful concert launched Child Action Northwest’s new appeal to fund a mental health telephone counselling service for 5 to 16-year-olds.
The charity, who are working with Lancashire County Council to develop the service, hope it will be help some of 19,000 children in Lancashire who experience low level mental health issues including anxiety, bullying, depression and low self-esteem.
Sue Cotton, CEO of CANW, said: “Figures show that one in ten children aged 5 to 16 in Lancashire experience low level mental health issues. But only a quarter of those who need treatment will receive it.
“That’s why we’re working to develop a phone counselling service which will help children address their worries at an early stage before they become part of a bigger issue.
“Addressing young people’s mental health concerns at an early stage can stop these issues escalating and help to avoid further problems in adulthood.”
500 children from school choirs across Lancashire came together for a night of smiles and celebration, and performed a selection of uplifting and inspiring songs. It also included special performances from international opera singer and host Sean Ruane and Hayley Eccles, star of ITV’s The Voice.
Finally for more information visit the Child Action North West website.
To donate to the Emojinal Health campaign visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/childactionnorthwest/emojinalhealth