Brentwood School Staff create Music Video to support the British Heart Foundation

Brentwood School Staff create Music Video to support the British Heart Foundation
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Two students at Brentwood School have cajoled their teachers into creating a fun music video in support of the British Heart Foundation during National Heart Month.

Sisters Alex (17) and Katherine (14) have supported the BHF since they lost their Grandpa to heart disease in 2018. For the last two years, they have sold Valentine Roses at School and raised a fantastic £2784.00!

This year, due to the School being closed during the current lockdown, Alex and Katherine haven’t been able to sell their roses for the third year running. However, not to be perturbed, and to still show their support for the cause, they came up with the brilliant idea of ‘heartfelt virtual cards’. Students and staff at the School have the opportunity to send an anonymous heartfelt virtual card to anyone they know in return for a donation. This can be a loved one, friend or teacher. 

The sisters then came up with the idea of a charity single and approached the Performing Arts Department to see what could be done. With the help of Mr Bulmer, Director of Performing Arts, and Mr Cooper, Director of Music, the girls set about persuading staff to create a fantastic charity single complete with a music video of Nat King Cole's 'L-O-V-E'. The video was all filmed remotely, with staff encouraged to dress up and have fun with it. It was then edited together by the School's own Music Department. The charity single can be viewed here and it’s already had over 1800 views in the first day!

So far their Just Giving page has received nearly £1,300 in donations! 

Alex H said: “This charity is particularly close to our hearts as we lost our Grandpa in 2018 to heart disease and we know that hundreds of thousands of UK families lose a loved one to heart disease every year.”

Every three minutes someone loses their life to heart and circulatory disease which devastates the lives of those they leave behind. Thanks to the public’s generosity, BHF is funding research central to discovering vital treatments for people living with these conditions.

Every pound raised by BHF supporters helps fund ground-breaking discoveries and identify new treatments that could help save more people from the devastating effects of heart disease.

Darren Couchman, BHF Fundraising Manager for Essex, said: “We’re so grateful to Alex and Katherine for their amazing support. During these challenging times, we are all going through, it’s lovely to see them show amazing innovation and come up with a unique way to raise money for a cause close to their hearts. The video is brilliant, it will definitely bring a smile to your face. The incredible energy and enthusiasm they have shown is helping us beat heartbreak forever, and we would like to say a huge thank you to them both for their continued support. There are around 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease and thanks to Alex, Katherine, and the staff at Brentwood School for being such good sports, we’ll be able to fund even more research into these conditions.”

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