Ryan’s gig scores big for charity

14/12/11   David Morgan from the charity Help for Heroes (left) accepts a cheque from Harrogate High School , for �1157.46 raised from a concert organised by former pupil  Ryan Walker (2nd right)  who is pictured handing over the cheque with current pupils  l to r.. Emma ramsey 12,  Adan Allan 11 and Nikki  Noble 11
14/12/11 David Morgan from the charity Help for Heroes (left) accepts a cheque from Harrogate High School , for �1157.46 raised from a concert organised by former pupil Ryan Walker (2nd right) who is pictured handing over the cheque with current pupils l to r.. Emma ramsey 12, Adan Allan 11 and Nikki Noble 11

A SIXTH form pupil has raised more than £1,000 for charity by organising a concert.

Ryan Walker handed over a cheque for £1,157 David Morgan, the North Yorkshire co-ordinator of Help for Heroes.

The pipes and drums of junior soldier from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate got the event off to a rousing start and then six members of staff, including school principal Andrew Bayston, entertained the audience with renditions of songs including Valerie and I’m A Believer.

The concert also featured some popular songs from Rossett High School’s Owen Martin and a performance by Harrogate High’s Year 12 Band before Ryan picked up his drumsticks to perform with his own group, Dead End Friends.

Ryan’s efforts were supported by the school’s business manager, Sally Cocker, whose husband, Joe, served for 26 years in the Royal Logistics Corps, including tours in Iraq and Northern Ireland.

Before joining the school in 2008, Sally ran an Army medical centre in Germany.

She said: “I saw first hand the effect these conflicts can have on soldiers and their families.

“I was one of the lucky ones, my husband came home alive and well. Friends of mine were not so fortunate.”

Ryan came up with the idea for the concert, presented it to the school for approval, sorted out the date and the venue and rounded up friends to perform.

“He wanted to get a staff band together so I coordinated that,” said Sally, who also registered the event, ordered the fundraising kit, liaised with the Army Foundation College and ordered Help for Heroes wristbands which were sold to boost the final total.