By Jonathan White
A charity fundraising evening concert at Brine Leas School in Nantwich helped to raise more than £660.

More than 200 people watched group and solo performances by The Co-operative Junior & Beginner Wind Bands and Willaston Primary School.

The concert was organised as a thank you to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital staff who cared for 10-year-old Ffion Owen for eight weeks.

Ffion, a member of The Co-operative Beginner Wind Band, is a Year 5 pupil at Willaston Primary.

She gave a solo clarinet performance of Mahler’s March during the concert, which raised a total of £660.50.

Ffion presented a cheque to Irene Axon, of Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Irene said: “The money raised will make a huge difference to the work we do at Alder Hey.

“On behalf of all the children in Alder Hey now and in the future I would like to say a big thank you.”

Ffion’s parents Carol and David Owen said: “It was fabulous to see so many people come out in support of such a fantastic hospital.

“We would like to thank Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Leighton Hospital and North West Ambulance Service for saving our daughter’s life earlier this year.

“We would also like to thank The Co-operative Wind Bands and Willaston Primary School for performing and Andrew Cliffe at Brine Leas School for loaning us the use of his hall.”

Jackie Davies, concert organiser and Co-operative Youth Wind Bands manager, added: “The success of the evening has astounded us.

“To raise £660.50 in these times was a fantastic effort. We had a most enjoyable evening with over 80 children taking part and nearly 200 people in the audience.”

(Pictures by Jonathan White)

Willaston Primary School

Alder Hey presented with cheque by Ffion Owen

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