Buskers at Woodford Green school raise money for Philippines typhoon appeal

Jonny Bluff, 14, James Bluff, 16 and Damien Pascal during their fundraiser

Jonny Bluff, 14, James Bluff, 16 and Damien Pascal during their fundraiser - Credit: Archant

Buskers have raised almost £1,500 for the Philippines emergency appeal at a Woodford Green school.

Damien Pascal, instructor for the Combined Cadet Force at Bancroft’s School, High Road, wanted to raise funds for the appeal after seeing the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

He turned to four of the school’s talented musicians – James and Jonny Bluff, Ashley Brand and Tom Gant – to play throughout the lunch period on Friday as pupils and staff queued for lunch.

Whilst they performed, Damien, dressed as French mime artist Marcel Marceau, collected £1,440 in just one hour.

Speaking about the achievement, Damian said: “The support we received was fantastic. This money is vital, £40 will buy four tarpaulins to provide temporary shelter for the homeless and £60 will buy hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease.”

Year 7 pupils Anika Mayor and Poonem Menger both enjoyed the music, saying: “This is a really good way to raise money for the tragedy which has happened in the Philippines. The music was great!”

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