Shropshire teenager arranges fundraising concert

A 15-year-old musician has arranged a concert with Shropshire’s award-winning Porthywaen Silver Band as part of a £70,000 fundraising campaign to help Shropshire Scouts join the World Scout Jamboree.

Angus Comerford from Hanwood is one of the 18 Scouts going to Japan but is also a band member playing the cornet.

The pupil at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury said: “I love playing with Porthywean Silver Band and I also love being a member of the Scouts so what better way to raise money than bring the two together.

“The concert is on March 22 at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace in Shrewsbury and the band will play a mix of traditional brass band and some well known songs too.”

The Shropshire Scouts Jamboree Group is made up of 18 young people and two adults who have been selected to represent the county at the next World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

The global event will involve over 40,000 young people from over 200 countries worldwide to gather to focus on big issues like global development and world peace. The scouts will also take part in water based outdoor pursuits and community conservation activities.

Angus added: “Hopefully by the end of the fundraiser we will have achieved our goal because it would be amazing to give other young scouts from poorer parts of the world the opportunity to be involved in the massive event.”

Before setting off the 18 scouts need a total of £70,000. The important part of the fundraising effort is to help make a contribution to Scouts from developing countries such as Rwanda, Surinam and the Philippines so they can also travel to Japan and take part in the global event.

Tickets for the concert are £5 and are available by emailing [email protected] or calling 01743 860666.

 

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