Learning progression students charity fundraiser in memory of David Amess

Students on the Pathway to Independence course at South Essex College’s Southend campus, hosted a charity fundraiser for the Music Man Project in David Amess’s memory. 

David Amess was patron of The Music Man Project, an award-winning, world record breaking music education and performance service for people with learning disabilities.

The charity cake sale was held at the Southend campus reception on Monday 15 November, accompanied by music on the keyboard by Founder and CEO of The Music Man Project, and Disability and Access Ambassador for Arts & Culture, David Stanley. 

The students completed the charity fundraiser as part of their social action project with the National Citizen Service and raised £113.17 for the charity.

Tim Keech, Youth Engagement and Retention Manager at the National Citizen Service, said: “The NCS social action project has helped the South Essex College students develop so many skills from networking, team work, project management and public speaking.”

“The confidence gained from giving something back to the community and continuing the legacy of Sir David Amess and music man’s work has been clear to see. Some of the students gave impassioned speeches, and we even had some musical performances from them on the day. Thank you to everyone for a hugely positive day.”

Phoebe Sleigh Johnson, Student Learning Coach at South Essex College, said: “This was a really worthwhile and inspiring event for the students on the Pathways to Independence course and they had a great day raising money for The Music Man Project.”

“The £113.17 raised as a result of all this hard work will be going straight to The Music Man Project, to help them achieve their dream of performing on Broadway in America. A massive thank you is owed to David Stanley for attending the day, all the students involved, the NCS staff that worked with the students, and the support staff from ALS who assisted with this event.”

David Stanley, Founder and CEO of The Music Man Project, and Disability and Access Ambassador for Arts & Culture, said: “It was such a pleasure to visit the wonderful students on the NCS Programme at South Essex College. On behalf of everyone at The Music Man Project charity, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to them all for raising money for us and for raising awareness of our work – especially as they did so in memory of our late President, Sir David Amess.”

“Sir David was the greatest champion. He always celebrated the achievements of our musicians with learning disabilities at every opportunity and was particularly proud when we performed at both the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. It means so much that Sir David’s legacy will live on in the people of Southend and through the wider learning-disabled community who play our music and sing our songs across the UK and around the world. “

To learn more about the Music Man Project, visit: www.themusicmanproject.com