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Schoolchildren’s charity album for NHS heroes

A group of Nottinghamshire schoolchildren have released a charity album to raise money for their local NHS heroes.

Members of the ‘Music Makers’ club, which is run during school holidays by local music teacher and musician Mark Rolfe at Nottingham Girls’ High School, created the album together during online sessions over the Easter holidays.

The album, entitled ‘Songs for the NHS’, comprises songs written and composed by the group of youngsters, plus a cover of ‘Help’ by The Beatles. It brings together the voices and instruments of 23 children, including sisters Lily and Bella Penzer, aged 14 and 12, from Burton Joyce, who sang and played electric guitar, flute and piano on the album.

Their mother, Deborah Penzer, said: “It would have been easy for Mark Rolfe to have cancelled the Music Makers Easter holiday camp in light of the lockdown. Instead, he found a way to allow the students to collaborate remotely and make a positive contribution to the response to the Covid-19 crisis. The outcome is both inspiring and magical.”

The money raised through the album, which costs £7 to download, will go towards our ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal, which is supporting NHS staff at Nottingham’s hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak. Money raised is being used to fund rest areas and emotional support for staff during this challenging time. So far more than £150,000 has been raised for the appeal thanks to generous donations from the local community.

To download ‘Songs for the NHS’, please click here