Hartlepool pupils Children in Need charity single sees sales boost

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Tuneful youngsters have seen even more copies of their charity CD snapped up after their story featured in the Hartlepool Mail.

Last week, we told how the students of the MTA academy, in Park Road, Hartlepool, went into a studio and recorded a CD for Children In Need.

We sold more copies after the story appeared in the Hartlepool Mail

Toni Parker-Harvey

Their version of You’ve Got A Friend had already sold more than 100 copies before the MTA efforts made the Hartlepool Mail headlines.

But interest picked up even more after the story was published and MTA owner Toni Parker-Harvey said: “We sold more than 20 extra copies since it appeared.”

Toni thanked the Mail and said the publicity has helped to increase the charity total from the CD which already stood at more than £300.

The deadline for buying copies of the CD was last night and Toni expects to reveal the final amount which was raised soon.

The day in the recording studio saw a chorus of 45 students recording their parts on the CD. Then, nine soloists did their bit and Toni said it was “a great experience for them.”

Toni chose the track that the children sang as McFly is one of her favourite bands. After the CD was produced, the cases were sponsored by Hartlepool-based company Ords.

Toni told how 50 copies of the track were made originally but that had to be quickly increased as interest was huge.

It’s not the first time the performing arts academy has helped charity.

It has already done a sponsored dance and a sponsored silence previously before Toni decided to take a different direction this time.

More than £37m has been raised at this year’s Children in Need so far.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal aims to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

It supports around 2,500 projects that are working with children who facing a range of disadvantages such as poverty and deprivation.

It also helps children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

lFor further details on the charity, where the money goes or on fundraising, visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey.