Musical Charlotte helps hospice

Ten-year-old Charlotte Krier raised more than �200 for St Michael's Hospice by teaching herself to play the clarinet and performing with her grandfather's band. (gl 9479)
Ten-year-old Charlotte Krier raised more than �200 for St Michael's Hospice by teaching herself to play the clarinet and performing with her grandfather's band. (gl 9479)

A TALENTED schoolgirl has raised hundreds of pounds for St Michael’s Hospice by performing with her grandfather’s jazz band.

Ten-year-old Charlotte Krier, from Ripon, first picked up a clarinet at Christmas and less than three months later could play well enough to perform with her jazz group the Swale Valley Stompers.

Charlotte decided to raise money for St Michael’s after her uncle Mike Boon was cared for at the hospice before he died.

After getting her clarinet at Christmas Charlotte taught herself how to play the instrument.

She soon took to the stage to perform “Down By The Riverside” and “When You’re Smiling” with the band at the appropriately titled Queen Charlotte Hotel in Osmotherly.

It was an emotional event for Charlotte and her family, especially mum Louise, who said she watched her daughter play through tears.

“Charlotte was very young when her uncle passed away so we didn’t know how much she’d taken on board at the time, but she decided she wanted to do something for the hospice because they had looked after him,” said Louise.

Charlotte, Louise, and the rest of the family were thrilled with her performance on the night.

“I think she took a lot of people by surprise,” Louise added.

Between sponsorship money and donations from spectators on the night, Charlotte raised more than £200 for the hospice.