Bognor Regis mother and son play in harmony for charity

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A mother and son’s unique musical event in Bognor Regis will raise cash for charity.

Michela Cocolin-Dew and her nine-year-old son James Dew will be holding a sponsored cello practice to collect funds for In Harmony – a charity which has classic music at its heart.

Mrs Cocolin-Dew said: “In Harmony is not very well-known in Sussex and we are hoping this event will help change that, by promoting awareness and raising some much needed funds.

“We are looking to the community, local charities and schools to help us.

“In Harmony is not just about teaching children how to play an instrument and hoping the grow into little musicians. It is about helping children through music to recognise the importance of leadership, social development and education.”

At the moment the charity works mainly with deprived children in three areas: Lambeth, Norwich and Liverpool, but it is looking to expand.

“Although In Harmony does receive some money from the government, it still relies heavily on charitable donations.

“It costs somewhere in the region of £580,000 a year to keep the projects running, and the start-up cost for a new project would be about £80,000,” said Mrs Cocolin-Dew.

The mother and son team hope to raise £1,500.

“So far we have raised more than £200. £1,000 is a big target and I don’t know if we will be able to reach it, but anything would be fantastic.

“I know economically it is a very difficult time but anything anyone could give would be great. Even if every household in Bognor Regis just gave 50p or the price of a coffee we would soon reach our target,” said Mrs Cocolin-Dew.

The cellothon will take place in the family’s Firth Road home on December 3, and will see the duo, who began learning the instrument some two years ago, play for about six hours.

Mrs Cocolin-Dew said: “We expect the practice to last for some six hours, but we will be taking regular breaks otherwise the event would take a physical toll on our hands.

“The event is about raising money for a very worthwhile cause while playing and focusing on music we love.

“It is nice to think that as we are playing the children we want to help could also be practising all over the country.”

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