When singer-songwriter Jacob Reddy (15) heard that Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley was struggling financially due to the Covid 19 pandemic, he decided to help.
Jacob, who has released his first single Kings, hosted a live stream Facebook concert of covers and original songs from his bedroom last Saturday, with his 12-year-old sister Lydia and many other young musicians from across the North-West.
The talented teenager, who raised almost £1,600 for the charity, was also fortunate to receive a specially recorded performance from one of his personal heroes - award-winning musical composer and singer Felix Hagan.
His parents, Anthony and Maria, said: “Derian House is a charity very close to our hearts, as staff there cared for our first born, Joseph, and all our family for three years after Joseph
contracted meningitis as a new baby. They provided regular respite and, more importantly, amazing end of life care when Joseph died.
"We are delighted that Jacob and Lydia want to raise money for the hospice that looked after their brother.”
They added: “Hospices are often imagined as sad places due to the nature of the work carried out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Derian House provides happiness, enjoyment, care and love for children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions and provides equal amounts of respite and support for their families. We are forever in their debt.
“Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, Derian House is really struggling financially and we would dearly love to help them overcome the current shortfall in funding.”
Jacob regularly plays live across the North West, either busking, taking part in open mic sessions or playing in pubs and he is no stranger to helping to raise funds for various groups and charities.
In November, he raised more £2,000 for a local homeless group called Community Spirit when he released a song of the same name.
He added: “We are delighted with the success of this event. As well as my sister Lydia, lots of my friends joined in to help me with the mammoth task of raising as much money as we could
for Derian House! They each recorded one or two personal messages in support of Derian House.
"And, more importantly, there will be onscreen opportunities for viewers to make online donations to this amazing cause.”
Derian House also contributed short videos, which were shown during the event, and explained exactly why it is so crucial that they raise as much money as possible.
Anthony said: “Those who took part are all young musicians aged between 12 and 25 with amazing talent, both vocally and performance wise, and they all provided their contributions
free of charge. We are profoundly grateful that those who did manage to watch the live stream concert helped us to smash our goal of £1,000 by raising almost £1600!”
“Finally, we want to say a big thanks too, to Georgia May Management in Clitheroe for all her help in promoting the live stream concert, and to Miles Berry for his technical support and expertise with the editing and recording process.”