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School choir in Cheadle gets celebrity help

Entertainer Jonathan Wilkes has been supporting the Cheadle Academy Choir who are making a charity single in memory of their late teacher Craig Beverley.

Pupils at the school began singing in local supermarkets in 2017 to raise funds for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in memory of Mr Beverley who died in 2016. They've already raised more than £15,000.

They've been recording the song called: 'My Oh My,' with the help of Jonny and Staffordshire University this week.

The song was one written by Mr Beverley's band members and one he enjoyed performing.

At the rehearsals this week Jonny asked the Choir to perform with him on stage at the Douglas Macmillan Ball he's hosting in October.

Jonny said: "People need to know what these students are doing. They're doing it all off their own back and giving it all to charity. It's absolutely brilliant. What better way to showcase what they're doing by performing with me on stage at the ball?"

Mr Beverley's wife Lisa said: " The school have been so supportive and the students have been fantastic. Craig would be so proud of them for doing what they've done. He really would be over the moon. I just want to say thank you - it means so much to know what they thought of him."

Student Alfie Walford says Mr Beverley was an inspiration: "He was a musical guy himself and he played in a band. The song was sung by his band and he actually performed it at the school so that was inspiration for the song. Mr Beverley was such a fun, outgoing character and he had a massive impact on the school especially on the musical side - I'd like to think he would love what we're doing."

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