BTEC

Music students’ concert raises money for the Mental Health Foundation

Thursday April 22, 2021

Concord’s Form 4 BTEC Musicians recently launched their second charity concert of the academic year, raising funds towards supporting the Mental Health Foundation. The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity, whose mission is “to help people to thrive through understanding, protecting, and sustaining their mental health.” The concert, ‘The Golden Light BTEC Charity Concert’ was once again delivered online, via YouTube, to ensure a Covid-safe community at the college – but an accessible concert for students and staff to enjoy and support nonetheless. In a recent email from the BTEC group, spokespeople Chelsea, Caelyn, Kelly, Natalie, and June wrote: “We would like to thank everyone for making our Golden Light BTEC Charity Concert a success. “We are thrilled to announce that we managed to exceed our target and raise £375 for the Mental Health Foundation. “Special thanks go to all our talented performers, generous donors, and our teacher, Mr Kokkinos for supporting us all the way.” They added: “The concert would not have been a success without each and every one of you.” As well as delivering the concert, students were involved in the planning process, sourcing the musicians in the college, and marketing the concert for their academic portfolio – which included setting up a dedicated Instagram page for further publicity, and a JustGiving page for donations. The group – comprising 10 BTEC Music students in total – took to JustGiving to share their ‘story’ behind their chosen charity: “Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing that affects how we think, feel and act. “At uncertain times like this with the impact of Covid-19, it makes it even more important for us to try and help those who are suffering and let them know that they are not alone.” “46% of teenagers, 19% of the adult population and 13% of children suffer from mental health related issues each year, however, only half of them receive treatment. “Through our concert, as well as enjoying Concord’s talented musicians, we hope to raise awareness so that people are not ashamed and have the courage to speak up, as well as the important topic of making mental health services more accessible. “Mental health is an ever-prevailing issue today – so we wanted to support the Mental Health Foundation.” You can watch the concert below, or visit YouTube to access the full description and programme. If you would like to securely donate, please click here.