Amesbury’s very own boy band’s big hit
THREE pupils at Amesbury School in Hazel Grove have formed a band called Shadows of Time and have recorded a CD to raise funds for CHASE, their local children's hospice service. Laurie Neat, James Fairley and Harry Ferguson have already sold 60 copies of the CD, 'Running', at their school's Christmas fair, raising £60 for CHASE. Amesbury School has been fundraising for CHASE for the past year and have raised over £14,750.00 so far, with more events planned for 2008. Geraldine Keeley, community fundraising manager at CHASE, said: "We are really grateful to everyone at Amesbury School, and their ongoing fundraising makes a real difference to the lives of the children and families who are supported by CHASE on their difficult journey. "Recording a CD is an example of the fun and interesting ways of raising money, and it's fantastic to see children and young people doing so much to help others who are less fortunate." The 10-year-olds recorded each of their parts in the school's music block one lunch time, and the CD was produced by their guitar teacher, Kevin Walker. Laurie Neat said: "James, Harry and I had already decided that we were going to write some songs and this was the first. Every week on Friday, we got together to practice and build on the song. We are very pleased with the results and hope to record another in the future." Christopher's, the CHASE children's hospice, has nine children's bedrooms and four family flats. Amesbury School have been so successful with their fundraising that they have already raised enough funds to keep two bedrooms open for roughly one month.