Students on song to help forces charity

Students and staff from ESPA college have recorded a song for Help For Heroes.
Students and staff from ESPA college have recorded a song for Help For Heroes.
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STUDENTS are singing out for a charity helping injured servicemen and women.

Young people from Sunderland’s Espa College have recorded an uplifting record to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The seven students, aged 18 to 21, first performed the song at the college’s Christmas carol service in Sunderland Minster.

They were so pleased with the response that lecturers at the college in Ashbrooke decided to lay down the track professionally at the same studio used by North East pop star Joe McElderry.

The group – Christine Rogerson, 21, from Farringdon, Stephen Ferry, 19, from Blyth, Daniel Pratt, 19, from Stockton, Bethaney Cross, 18, from South Shields, Christopher Calvert, 18, Whickham, Jack Dinning, 18, from Gateshead and Anthony Burney, 19, from Bedlington - recorded Help Our Heroes at Whitewolf studio in County Durham.

Now they are hoping the forces will get behind their anthem, written by art teacher Peter Hill, and people will start snapping up copies.

Jak Dixon, assistant college co-ordinator, said: “Espa students regularly get involved in charity fund-raising projects, to help broaden their understanding of others, the most recent being Help for Heroes.

“The aim of the project was to get two main types of experience.

“The first one was to develop a sense of empathy of the armed forces and what the soldiers go through and the sacrifices they make in the name of protecting our liberty.

“One thing people with autism struggle with is empathy, so that is one if the core things we try to teach and help them understand at the college.

“The second thing was the experience of being in a professional studio, where Joe McElderry recorded some vocals for this tracks and McFly.

“We hope to sell copies of the CD to raise both awareness of the work being done by our troops and to raise funds for H4H charity.

“I’ve contacted people I know in the forces to see if we can stimulate interest.”

Any business or community groups interested in helping promote the CD should contact Jak on tel: 567 3523.

Espa College provides education for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with an autism spectrum disorder.

The college has been open since 1995 and currently has more than 100 students.

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