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Young violinist performs to shoppers for local charity

19 February, 2016 - 07:00
Violinist Poppy Whymark has been busking in Bungay to raise funds and awareness for Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope. 

Picture: James Bass

Violinist Poppy Whymark has been busking in Bungay to raise funds and awareness for Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2016

A 16-year-old violinist has been entertaining shoppers in Bungay to raise funds and awareness for the locally founded charity Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope.

Poppy Whymark, a pupil at Bungay High School, gave up a day of her half-term break to perform at the Butter Cross at the town’s weekly market yesterday morning.

Poppy played for three hours and all of the money she collected will go straight to the charity, which provides vital support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care. For only £80 a child in Sierra Leone can receive a prosthetic leg and the chance to walk.

Poppy said: “Victoria Bacon, who lives in south Norfolk, visited my school last year to tell us why and how she and her sister set up the charity. She told us about the children the charity helps and how their lives are changed with relatively modest amounts of money.

“I play the violin and enjoy sports, and I couldn’t imagine how my life would be if I was missing a limb and had no help. I thought I could play my violin and try and raise some money and awareness for the fantastic work this charity does.”

Poppy hopes to have raised around £50 and said she was pleased with how the morning went.

She added: “All of the stallholders were listening and there were lots of people passing by. I would like to do something again but maybe when it is a bit warmer next time.”

For more information about the charity visit www.elizabethslegacyofhope.org

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