Student with cerebral palsy forms choir to help others

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A Mildenhall College student who suffers from cerebral palsy has set up a choir that will harness music as therapy.

Courtney Reeve, 16, of Mildenhall, applied to ITV’s Fixers for help in forming the choir which she has called ‘Voices For Change’.

She said: “Music has helped me with my speech and everything and I had the idea of helping people.”

The choir had their first practice on Tuesday, when they learnt a song called ‘Colours of the World’ written by Courtney and Mildenhall College’s head of music, Jane Sayer, who will act as choir master.

Courtney said: “I have been loving it and people have been doing great I really hope that we can help people and give them something to look forward to.”

“I want to create a choir to celebrate the musical talents of people with disabilities, helping them to feel less isolated and hopefully feel the benefit of singing.”

Mrs Sayer said: “What’s fantastic about Courtney is she has great empathy towards other people with special needs.”

The choir is open to anyone in the community it will benefit.

Fixers will support Courtney in creating the resources she needs to establish the choir.

Voices for Change will be featured on ITV News Anglia from 6pm on July 4.

Those interested in joining the choir should contact Mrs Sayer on: j.n.sayer@mct.suffolk.sch.uk