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Students make a song and dance to help Callum
12:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
Organisers of a special concert have boosted the fund set up to help a paralysed Yeadon man walk again.
On Saturday, Mark Allan and singers from Joze School of Performing Arts in Ilkley handed over a cheque for £800 to Callum Hall.
They raised the money at a special concert held at The Winter Gardens in July, after hearing of the situation in which Callum found himself. The 20-year-old, of Yeadon, is paralysed from the chest down after developing a rare spinal infection.
However, he is determined to walk again and has launched an appeal – The Callum Hall Trust – to buy specialised equipment to help him achieve his aim. He is also determined to attend the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.
The concert featured more than 70 singers, aged from four to 59, performing an eclectic mix of songs. Panda, the school’s mascot, joined in with the finale – a unique version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, in which he took the part of Brian May on lead guitar.
The £800 will go towards paying for some of the specialist equipment and physiotherapy that Callum needs in order to further his rehabilitation.
Some of the singers have also recently helped to entertain, alongside some of the elite dancers, at an afternoon tea-party hosted by the Rotary Club for over-90s and house-bound elderly people of Ilkley.
They will also be performing at Ilkley’s Christmas Lights ceremony at the Holly Ball at the Craiglands and at another Rotary ball in Bradford.
The singers are also busily preparing for their next concert, under the expert leadership of Mark Allan.