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Choir boy tops fundraising chart


Local choir boy, Bertie Chandler, used his gift of a fine voice to raise money for charity. The ten-year-old who attends The Blue Coat School Birmingham, recently took part in his House Charity Day fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Critical Journeys Appeal.

Bertie, who is a member of St. George’s House along with 83 other boys aged 7 to 11 years, decided to put his love of singing to good use and created “Bertie’s Song Shop” online. He was the highest individual fundraiser, earning a record £530 through song requests including Flower of Scotland, I’m a believer and I don’t like Mondays. Perhaps the most challenging for the Chelsea fan was a request for the Manchester United Calypso!

Bertie’s St. George's house mates have also been very busy spending their free time car washing, window cleaning, gardening, shoe shining, holding raffles, cake sales and completing a sponsored litter pick. Pranav wrote a story which he printed and sold and Wahid entertained guests at his Dad’s restaurant with his amazing general knowledge recall! Aryan and Flynn helped their grandmothers with housework and ironing, and Rohun spotted an opportunity for selling roses in time for Valentine’s day!

Sport-loving pupils invested their energy in sponsored runs, bike rides, non-stop kickboxing, a cricket challenge and a speed bounce. They even completed a Virtual Velo Challenge to replicate one of the most popular journeys made by the KIDS/NTS ambulances from the Birmingham Women’s Hospital to the Children’s Hospital in Steelhouse Lane, clocking up over 128 miles on two spin bikes in just a week.

House Head, Mr Nick Hill commented, “When a group of St. George’s boys visited the Birmingham Children’s Hospital recently they were inspired to help them raise money to equip a fleet of four Critical Care Ambulances with the latest life-saving medical equipment. Many of the children have parents that work at Birmingham Children’s Hospital or have experienced treatment there themselves so they know just how important the ambulances are. I’m extremely proud of the boys who have raised a staggering £6,825.19 surpassing all my expectations!”




Published: April 3 2019

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