Student organises surprise Leavers’ Day performance in honour of mum

A Bilborough College student organised a flash mob to raise money for Cancer Research UK in honour of his mum who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Ben Allen, 17, arranged a surprise performance of Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ by various student musicians in the Refectory, during the Leavers’ Day celebrations.

Students collected donations in buckets and the £71.35 raised was donated to Cancer Research UK.

Ben, who is studying Biology, Geography, Psychology and EPQ at Bilborough College, was inspired to raise money for the charity after his mum, Cheryl, was diagnosed with cancer.

He said: “I wanted to make this a celebration, especially as it’s the end of the year and thought it would be good to get everyone together. I’ve played alongside some of the musicians who played in the flash mob before, in the college ‘Into the Woods’ production orchestra, and so organised those people on-board, as well as the college Jazz Band. We only got to practice once before the day, so I was a little nervous – but I was really pleased with how it went. I think my mum will be really pleased with it. I think she knew that I was planning something, but not what it was”

Lisa Judson, Events Co-ordinator at Bilborough College, said: “Ben is a delightful and dedicated student who is always a pleasure to work with. Ben has thrown himself into college life embracing so many of the broad range of opportunities Bilborough College offers.

“His inspiration was applaudable and it was my pleasure to help him achieve his goal of the flash mob. They all did a great job and I’m not afraid to say that the positive and happy atmosphere they created made me cry. We wish him all the luck in the world for his exams and the bright future he has ahead of him. We also send our love and get well wishes to his mum, we’re sure she’s as proud of him as we are.”