Portishead shop owner to stage concert for African schoolchildren

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 June 2018

Tanya donated shoes to children at Jolaurabi School.

Tanya donated shoes to children at Jolaurabi School.


A Portishead trader is putting on an African school choir concert to raise money for children’s charities.

Tanya Marriott, who runs SoleLution in High Street, has organised for a choir from Mombasa in Kenya to perform at Somerset Hall in October.

Earlier this year she travelled to Africa alongside her 10-year-old son with charity Educate The Kids to deliver and fit shoes for under-privileged children at the Jolaurabi School which had been donated through her shop.

The pair were so moved by the trip they vowed to continue supporting the school and want to take them to Portishead when the students visit the UK in the autumn.

Tanya said: “When I heard Educate The Kids was bringing the Jolaurabi School Choir to the UK in the autumn I asked if they could include a day in Portishead on their itinerary.

“It is going to be a big task as we will have to organise everything from transport to and from their host houses in Burnham to transport around Portishead on the day, as well as hall hire, audio visual equipment and food for the children.

“My aim is for the day to raise money for the Jolaurabi School and for local projects for young people through Ben Smith’s 401 charity.

“Members of the Jolaurabi School Choir are already rehearsing songs for the event which we hope all Portishead schools will take part in, in one way or another.”

Tanya hopes Portishead school pupils will sing alongside them to promote friendships and cultural understanding.

The visiting children will also spend the day at Portishead Primary School and High Down School.

They will then head to the youth centre to relax before the concert.

Tanya is looking for sponsors for the event as well as a celebrity MC to host the concert and a team of volunteers to help organise it.

Educate The Kids aims to give disadvantaged children in Africa the chance to have quality education.

The charity was founded in 1998 and now gives more than 600 children the chance to study.

Anyone who would like to help with the concert can contact Tanya on enquiries@solelution.co.uk or 01275 843399.

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