Music Marks School’s Local Charities Day

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath marked Local Charities Day with music and kindness as they were joined by a famous face.

Local Charities Day highlights the work that small charities make in their local communities, and to celebrate it, generous Forge students donated more than 170kg of items to the Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank.

To help mark the day, the school was joined by renowned vocal coach and singer CeCe Sammy, who visited as part of the Speakers for Schools initiative.

Speakers for Schools is a scheme that sends leading figures in public life from diverse backgrounds into schools and colleges to deliver inspirations talks.

CeCe, along with several other performers, spoke and sang in front of more than 500 students about the power and motivation of music.

She said: “Music reaches us sometimes when other things can’t and being able to express yourself through music or any creative art is something we must hold tightly and celebrate.

“Being involved in the government initiative for Local Charities Day and giving my time to Speakers For Schools means a lot to me. I’m delighted to be here… celebrating the day with the Forge students and hopefully making a difference.”

The school’s principal, Andrew Burns, said: “We speak a great deal about the Forge family, today we welcomed CeCe and her friends into our family. A family is all about looking out for one another and helping each other.

“It’s incredibly humbling to see a group of people like Speakers For Schools, Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank, CeCe, and Forge come together to make a difference.”

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