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Went the Day Well?

Aiming to raise £50,000 for Help for HeroesA week today, on June 29th, we are going to a rather special concert in St Paul’s Cathedral. Tom Jackson and Alex Bridle, two 17-year old boys who are both pupils at St Paul’s School in London, have set themselves the target of raising £50,000 for Help the Heroes. Their main challenge (I think!) is cycling from Land’s End to John 0′ Groats in nine days but to my mind organising a concert in St Paul’s is not excatly easy, nor is trying to raise £50,000… And nor come to think of it, is commissioning Ben Parry to write a special anthem for the service, ‘Went the Day Well?‘.

This – apart from the ride – the two school boys have done. I would be impressed anyway, but one of the two, Tom Jackson is a cousin once or twice renoved of mine and I feel remarkably proud of him, amd of course Alex Bridle whom we have yet to meet. And the family pride stretches even further, as Tom’s younger brother, Harry, is a chorister at St Paul’s and will be singing the anthem. Whether he is singing a solo part or not I don’t know, but he sang one at his grandmother’s funeral in March so beautifully that there really wasn’t a dry eye in the church by the time he had finished.

I shall report back at the end of next week. Meanwhile, if anyone would like to support their effort and of course Help for Heroes, they have a Just Giving link on their website and I know they would be very very grateful, and so would I on their behalf. They have no idea I am soliciting possible financial support so of course they won’t be disappointed if they don’t get any so feel under no obligation…

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