A CONCERT in memory of Connie Moore, a 16-year- old pupil at Bournemouth School for Girls who died of meningitis, has raised £1,500 for charity.
The Year 11 student was taken ill shortly after taking her mock GCSE exams in January and her death caused shockwaves throughout the school community.
Her friends and fellow students organised A Concert For Connie in aid of Meningitis Now at the Lifecentre in Winton at the start of the month.
Organiser Charlotte McDonald, deputy headgirl at BSG, thanked everyone for their support. She said: “We raised in excess of £1,500 for the charity on top of the money needed to cover costs so we were very pleased.
“We felt a concert was a fitting tribute as Connie was very musical herself.
“We didn’t know how it would go but the atmosphere was amazing and the support we had from Connie’s family was fantastic – they led a standing ovation at the end.”
Most of the performing cast at the student-led event knew Connie in some way.
All of Connie’s family, as well as charity representatives, attended the concert.
Acts included The Funky Little Choir, which Connie used to be a member of, and there were also performances by Stagedoor School of Dance, Frame- work, The Dual, the Wessex Youth Orchestra and other young soloists – all supported by a 10-piece band.
Connie’s mum, Kathleen Moore said she was touched that the event had been organised in memory of her daughter: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their ongoing support.”
Musician and former Bournemouth School student, Adam Tuffrey, who battled bacterial meningitis when he was just six-years-old is organising a Music4Meningitis concert on Friday, July 4 at Bournemouth Pavilion.