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Armley music school hits all the right notes for charity

Armley-based Rock School UK will continue to donate all proceeds from their concerts to Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. 

The hugely successful partnership, which has raised over £1,000 so far for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, was inspired by Rock School UK’s Director Isaac Heywood, whose friend Paddy was cared for at the hospice.   

The care and support that Isaac saw his friend of 25 years receiving inspired him to fundraise for Sue Ryder: “He spent some time in Wheatfields, before he unfortunately passed away in February 2021. It felt like he was really well looked after there.”

Rock School UK, based on Canal Road, runs a huge variety of musical workshops and courses for all ages, both in Leeds and all around the country, with many of the Leeds-based concerts culminating in a concert.

Isaac said: “It’s an amazing team effort at Rock School UK. I’ve got really good team of tutors, I could not do it without them.”

Although he wasn’t musical himself, Isaac is sure that Paddy would be happy that the concerts are raising funds for Sue Ryder: “I think he’d be really pleased.  He didn’t want anyone to be sad when he died, insisting he didn’t want a funeral ‘just a big party!’

“He’d think it was nice that we are remembering him. He used to look after his dad full time, he was a really caring person so I think he’d appreciate that were doing this, not just for him but generally to help people.”  

Isaac is delighted that Rock School UK will be continuing to support Sue Ryder: “I wanted to do it for another year because I think about Paddy all the time and I wanted to raise money for something personal.”

Michael Tarbatt, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice said: “Rock School UK is a fantastic organisation and I am so pleased that they have chosen to support Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice for another year.  The money that Isaac and his team are raising will ensure we can continue to provide compassionate palliative care to those who need it.”

To find out more about fundraising for Sue Ryder Wheatfield’s Hospice contact wheatfields.fundraising@sueryder.org.

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