Prime Minister backs Raise talent show

The Raise primary schools talent competition at The Grand.
The Raise primary schools talent competition at The Grand.

Prime Minister David Cameron gave a helping hand to a Ribble Valley talent show that raised £1,500 for the Solomon Project – a charity run by the Grand to help feed hungry children in Africa.

Staged at the York Street venue, children from 10 Ribble Valley primary schools performed in the Raise contest, wowing a sellout crowd with a breathtaking display of singing, dancing and acting skills.

“Bolton by Bowland C of E Primary School wrote to Downing Street asking if they could send something for the raffle, and they received a very nice personal letter back with a signed photograph of Mr Cameron,” said the Grand’s Learning Co-ordinator Louise England. “Clitheroe’s town Mayor Val Cooper won the photograph, so that was nice.”

Talented 10-year-old dance duo Heidi England and Saffron Womack-Smith, Year Five pupils at Clitheroe’s Pendle Primary School, carried off the top prize with a slick Salsa street dance version of “Rather Be”, by Clean Bandit.

Pendle Headteacher Alison Callon said: “Heidi and Saffron are so proud, they are still grinning from ear to ear because it is the first time the school has won Raise. It is a wonderful event, raising money for a fantastic cause.”

Runner-up was Jamie Radcliffe from St Mary’s RC School, Langho, with Sade Kemp, from Brennands Endowed, Slaidburn, also on the podium.

Louise England added: “All the children were winners – they were a credit to their schools. The parents enjoyed it too, and one kind couple donated £500 to Raise. The children were a pleasure to work with – it was an honour to be part of such an incredible event.”

Children who took part in the talent contest spent four months working with The Grand to plan the event. They learned about The Solomon Project so that they could educate other children in their schools about the work of the aid project in Kenya. It helps some of Kenya’s poorest children by providing thousands of free school meals every day.