Leeds boy with cerebral palsy raises thousands with musical lockdown challenge

An eight-year-old boy from Leeds has raised thousands of pounds for his special school by learning 100 songs to play on the piano.

By Abbey Maclure
Monday, 4th May 2020, 11:45 am
Lennie Street, who lives in Morley, wants to learn 100 songs on the piano during lockdown
Lennie Street, who lives in Morley, wants to learn 100 songs on the piano during lockdown

Lennie Street, who lives in Morley, has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus and isn’t able to stand or walk independently.

Despite these challenges, Lennie has learned piano and wants to play 100 songs during lockdown with the tunes chosen by those who donate to his fundraiser.

He has raised more than £3,500 on JustGiving which will be donated to his special school, Paces in North Sheffield, which is looking to build a new state-of-the-art facility.

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Lennie said: “I love playing the piano and it’s been amazing raising so much money for my school. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me”

Paces has recently launched a major fundraising campaign to raise £3.5 million towards its new facility, which will be a national centre and Yorkshire hub for Conductive Education.

Conductive Education is the educational approach used by Paces to teach young people vital skills such as sitting, standing, walking, communication and self-care.

Headteacher Ruth Liu said: “I am so proud of Lennie and his tremendous fundraising efforts for our school.

“His ability to learn and play so many songs is absolutely incredible. His hard work and dedication are to be admired. Lennie you are a Paces superstar.”

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