Carshalton piano teacher Niromi Fernando has joined CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives by setting over 40 of her students the Practice-a-thon challenge and raising more than £1,500.
Students were tasked with choosing one or two of their favorite songs to practice and play in front of family and friends at a piano recital at the All Saint’s church in Carshalton.
The event was a huge success and saw many friends and family attending to show their support. Members of the public even entered the church just to watch the students play! A total of £1,570 was raised for young cancer patients.
Niromi had arranged for refreshments for all of the guests and received a great deal of support and sponsorship from local businesses such as Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, Dotty’s Tea house, Elwyns, STR Design & Print, JWT Photography and A. Hanna & Sons Pianos.
Niromi said: “My students loved the idea of dedicating this year’s recital to charity, especially for one that provides care and support for young people with cancer.
“Practice-a-thon inspired all the students who worked hard and made the event a resounding success.
“I would like to give a special thank you to Mr Sajid Hameed, store manager at Sainsbury’s in Carshalton. He not only helped with refreshments for the event, but also arranged for some of the staff at Sainsbury’s to kindly volunteer their time to help in various ways on the day, adding to the events success."
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Verity Gallagher said: “Events like this are a great example of what can be achieved when the whole community pulls together, to support the charity’s work.
“£1,570 could provide up to nine families with our £170 initial grant, helping families cope with the cost of cancer and we couldn’t be more grateful.
“Thanks for joining our fight for young lives against cancer.”