Strode News

18/05/12 - Talent show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
Strode News

This week, whilst many of us were waiting for Saturday's editions of `Britain's Got Talent` and `The Voice`, students at Strode College were treated to their very own talent show in Strode Theatre and they raised £125 for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

The talent show is an annual event at Strode to raise funds for the TCT in memory of former student Sam MacDonald, who was studying performing arts at the college when he died of cancer in 2007.

Nine musical acts performed for an appreciative audience, including judges Laura Scowen from the TCT and Strode's Principal James Staniforth.

First place went to local band `According To Dave` featuring Ben Armstrong, Aidan Turner and Matthew Carter from Wells, Jake Wareham from Radstock and Alexis Barker from Street, who are all studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music at Strode. The band, who can be followed on Face Book and Reverb Nation, gave a tight and lively performance of their own song `English Garden.` Runner up was Hunter Bradford from Curry Mallet near Taunton, who gave a faultless performance of the Ed Shearan song `A Team`, and third place went to Olly Perry from Street who performed his own song `I don't mind.`

Six teenagers a day are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. The TCT tries to make sure that every teenager with cancer gets positive support and experiences. They run teenage cancer units in hospitals, providing support and counselling for teenagers and their families and they arrange events and activities where teenagers can meet, share experiences and have fun. For more information about TCT visit

Photo: Local band `According To Dave` won first place at the Strode College talent show which is held every year to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.