Pupils earn their charity stripes in Tigers concert

Claremont pupils who took part in the Tunes for Tigers event
Claremont pupils who took part in the Tunes for Tigers event

PUPILS from Claremont School raised hundreds of pounds for servicemen and women in Afghanistan by holding a charity concert.

The event, called Tunes for Tigers, was at All Saints Church, in Old Town, on Monday, March 26, and collected more than £700 for the charitable fund of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, popularly known as Tigers in Afghanistan Welfare Fund. It raises money to support families who have relatives who have been severely injured or killed on active service.

More than 130 children from Claremont (pictured right) took part. Inspired by the Military Wives’ Choir and their Christmas Number 1, Wherever you are, a team of staff at Claremont, led by director of music, Monica Esslin-Peard, decided to sing the song at the climax of the concert.

Andrea Featherstone, from Claremont School, said: “My son Mark is currently Captain in Three Platoon, and other servicemen in Afghanistan are the relations of staff and student families at the school.

“We thought it was really important to create a living link through music for everyone in our community who is associated with the regiment.” The deputy lieutenant of East Sussex, Michael Foster reminded the audience and students of the debt that owed to servicemen and women serving overseas. His words were echoed by the Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Alan Roberts.

Captain Ossie Osborne and three injured servicemen from the regiment flew in from Germany to join the service.

DVD recordings of the Tunes for Tigers concert are available from the Claremont school office for £5, which will be donated to Tigers in Afghanistan.