A Worthing pianist takes on epic charity adventure

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A WORTHING pianist is taking on the adventure of a lifetime, by travelling to Nepal to work with children, and scaling a 29,000ft mountain.

Sarah Denman, of Poulters Lane, is funding the trip out of her own pocket, but is also raising sponsorship money for the charity, Childreach International, which is an overseas volunteering charity.

The 22-year-old will make the trip to Nepal with a group of musicians and other people, on August 22, where she will help mentally handicapped children, by using music therapy.

Sarah said: “We’re going out to work at a day centre for children who are mentally handicapped. In Nepal they have this concept of people with handicaps being lesser, due to reincarnation theories. This is the first thing of its kind.”

Sarah is studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, and hopes to take music therapy up as a career.

After their work at the day centre, the group will be climbing Mount Everest.

Sarah said: “We will set off in a little rickety plane for a three-day expedition. I have never climbed a mountain before in my life so I thought why not start off with the biggest one.”

Sarah was inspired by a musician in the year below her at college, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

She added: “I’m quite an adventurous and quirky person and I have been wanting to do something big for charity for a while.”

To raise money for the charity Sarah and two colleagues from her college will be performing a classical piano concert at St Mary’s Church, in Broadwater Road, on May 12. The concert, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, will include pieces by Rachmaninov, Fauré, Debussy, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Tickets, £12, are available from the parish offices opposite the church, or by calling 01903 823916.

People can donate to Sarah’s venture at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sarahdenman