School Nurse "overwhelmed" by pupils help

Members of the choirs from Foremarke Hall, Repton’s Prep School, are joining celebrated a capella group The King’s Men in a concert to raise funds for a cause that sadly has particular significance for the school.

The King’s Men is the close harmony group made up of Choral Scholars from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. It is probably most famous for the broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on radio each Christmas, and its companion programme, Carols from King’s, on BBC television.

Proceeds from the concert, taking place in the wonderful setting of Derby Cathedral, will go to Rainbows Children’s Hospice. The charity has been chosen as Sophie, daughter of Foremarke school nurse Jane Rushton, received on going and end of life care there before she passed away last year at the age of 13. Sophie was born with tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disease that causes non-cancerous growths to form in the brain and other organs. She had two slow-growing, non-cancerous tumours in her brain which couldn’t be operated on. It meant that she was having up to 100 seizures a day and had complex medical needs. Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough provided care for Sophie throughout her life. Commenting on the support it provided, Jane says: “Our beautiful Sophie sadly died on 24 May, 2015. Throughout her life Rainbows provided all our family, and in fact everyone who passed through the door to visit her, with incredible love, care and support. “Because of Rainbows and the special people who work there, we were able to give Sophie a wonderful last few weeks of her life. We want to make sure that Rainbows is around for families like ours. To have this help from Foremarke Hall to raise money for them is amazing. So much effort is being made by so many people in school to make this happen, we are overwhelmed.”

Foremarke Hall Director of Music Susan Bloor has contributed to a programme of pieces that will appeal to all tastes and ages. The concert will include The King’s Men performing Let it Go from ‘Frozen’ with the Girls’ Choir of Foremarke Hall, which is particularly poignant as it was Sophie’s favourite song.   They will also perform an arrangement of Abide with Me with the School’s Chamber Choir and Get Around, made famous by The Beach Boys, together with the Boys’ Choir.  

Other highlights of the programme performed by the King’s Men include Scarborough Fair, Is You Is, Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square and Oasis favourite Wonderwall.

The concert is taking place in Derby Cathedral on Monday, March 7 from 7pm. Tickets, which cost £12.50 (£10 concessions), are available from Foremarke Hall School Office on 01283 707100 or by emailing All are welcome.

VIP tickets are also available priced at £20. Please contact Paula North at Rainbows for these, which include free car parking, reserved priority seating and interval refreshments, using  or tel 07880 721750.

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