24 hour playathon

Local youngsters to play music for 24 hours at Burton Dassett Hills Church

Local youngsters Seb and Jess Foxwell simply love music. Seb plays trumpet and piano and Jess plays flute, piccolo and piano. They both play with the National Childrens Orchestra of Great Britain and study music on Saturdays at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire.

Their musical path began when they were just four years old. They would sit side by side and bash away on the piano, soon after starting lessons when they were 5.  They share their talents with the local churches of Northend and Burton Dassett helping out on occasions with services and have raised almost £5000 by giving concerts in Rowington church where their grandparents live.

When he was just 6, Seb fell over whilst rushing to show his mum something he had learnt on the piano, and he cut his finger so badly that he severed both tendons in his index finger of his left hand.  His finger was floppy from the knuckle and an initial tendon repair failed to work. He was subsequently put in the care of Birmingham Childrens Hospital where he had 5 operations including a complete tendon reconstruction where a tendon was removed from his wrist and put into his hand. He had months off school, months of physio and even now he only has partial bend in his finger.  He started the trumpet as he knew that he wouldn’t need that hand and took his first three exams sitting on a high stool with his injured hand in a cast!

Without Birmingham Childrens Hospital and the skills of his surgeon Andrea Jester and the superb care he received he would have no bend at all and would not be able to play music.  He has an incredibly close bond with his twin sister Jessica who would always visit and support him in his months of being unable to do any activities in case the new tendon snapped.

Jessica is an extremely talented young musician who passed her grade 8 flute with distinction at the age of 9 and has gone on to achieve distinctions in both her Advanced Performance Certificate and her ATCL diploma. For both children, their practice and playing are a huge part of their daily lives.

Together they have decided to use their talents to raise money to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital by playing for 24 hours nonstop. One or other will play for the entire time.

The playathon will be held in the beautiful 16th century church of Burton Dassett in the Burton Dassett Hills near Gaydon, Warwickshire on Friday 26th May 2017, beginning at 4pm and ending at 4pm on Saturday 27th May.

Jess and Seb are trying to raise £10,000 so please support these two local children and give generously to this worthwhile cause. During their time at the hospital, Seb and Jess were so upset by how poorly some of the children there are and desperately wanted to try and help.

Donations can be made online to www.justgiving.com/The-Foxwell-Twins where you can also read their story and follow updates of their progress.