Stevenage choir gets ready to rock for cerebral palsy charity

Harrison Denman from Stevenage has weakness down one side of his body due to hemiplegia, and has bee

Harrison Denman from Stevenage has weakness down one side of his body due to hemiplegia, and has been supported by Hemichat. - Credit: Archant

A rock choir will be singing their hearts out on Thursday to raise money for a charity which supports youngsters living with a form of cerebral palsy called hemiplegia.

Sing Rock will be performing at the Coach and Horses on Stevenage High Street to raise money for Hemichat.

The choir was founded in 2013 by musicians Samantha Griffiths and Martin Rushforth and currently has about 30 members.

Money is being raised for Hemichat because Samantha knows a boy, Harrison Denman, who has hemiplegia.

Five-year-old Harrison, of Lancaster Close in Stevenage, has severe weakness down one side of his body due to the condition and struggles to carry out day-to-day tasks like getting dressed.


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Hemiplegia is caused by injury to parts of the brain that control movements, and Harrison cannot use his right arm and has weakness in his right leg.

Harrison’s mum Sharon said: “It’s great Sing Rock wants to raise awareness of the condition and crucial funds for Hemichat – the charity that has been such a great support to me and Harrison since he was diagnosed.

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“We will be there, collection buckets in hand, to gather donations, and I’m trying to drum up as much support as possible.”

Samantha said: “When we raise money we like to do it because of someone we know and we are hoping to raise as much as we can on the night.”

Sing Rock is set to sing at 8.30pm for about 45 minutes. Entry is free, with donations welcome.

For more information about the charity, visit www.hemichat.org.

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