"We have the NHS here which has been amazing... I feel bad for the little children who could lose everything from it [coronavirus]. It’s upsetting." - Lydia, 11 years old.
Eleven-year-old Lydia (pictured above) from Aylesbury, from had been rehearsing hard for a local performance of West End hit Oliver!, when the coronavirus lockdown started and the performance was cancelled.
So, when a friend from her church suggested an opportunity to perform the songs she’d been practising, for members of the congregation via Zoom, Lydia jumped at the chance. And remarkably she chose to use it to help other children, by raising money for World Vision’s Global coronavirus appeal.
“People in other countries are losing people who they love. We have the NHS here which has been amazing, but they [children living in poverty] don’t have the medicine they need. I feel bad for the little children who could lose everything from it. It’s upsetting. So I picked something that would make me happy and other people.”
Lydia treated her church family to songs from Oliver! plus a special bonus tune from The Lion King. “My knees were shaking but I just thought ‘I know all these people, so there’s no point being scared’.”
Lydia hoped to raise £75 for World Vision through her performance – but her audience donated a fantastic £355.
Her mum, Lisa, sums up the emotion of the moment: “I’m very, very proud of her. I was overwhelmed.”
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