Practice makes perfect as young musicians help kids with cancer

Hundreds of young Edinburgh musicians are taking part in a campaign to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent by taking part in a sponsored practice-a-thon.

More than a hundred pupils gathered at Towerbank Primary on Friday with their various instruments to kick off the campaign.  Across the city many other individual pupils, choirs and orchestras are also joining the drive to help children and young people with cancer as part of the national fundraising campaign.  

CLIC Sargent Patron Nicola Benedetti said: "The Practice-a-thon is a great way to get children and young people more excited about playing instruments.  And what is fantastic is that you can do this at the same time as supporting kids with cancer - such a worthwhile cause.  I am lucky to be a professional musician but I've only got there with years of practise and hard work."

City Education Leader Cllr Mariylne MacLaren said: "Our Practice-a-thon is about encouraging young performers to work hard to be as good as they can be whilst helping CLIC Sargent give the best support possible to children with cancer."

The campaign will run until the October holidays and pupils will organise their own sponsorship and practice programme. 25% of all money raised will go to schools to invest in musical equipment.



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