Lennie's lockdown music challenge inspires piano gift to his Sheffield school

A national television appearance by inspirational eight-year-old Lennie Street has led to a Yorkshire music business donating a piano to his Sheffield school.

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 12:51 pm

Lennie, who has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, has raised £12,000 since he set himself a lockdown challenge of learning songs to play on the piano.

He was featured on Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch and Melvin Besbrode of Leeds-based Besbrode Pianos was so impressed that he donated a piano to Paces School in High Green.

Melvin said: “I always find it astounding to see the joy that both the person playing and the people listening get from a piano, seeing the enormous number of positives achieved from Lennie playing his piano on TV.

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Young musician Lennie Street playing the piano donated to Paces School

“It seemed like the obvious thing to offer a piano to his fund.”

Donations to Lennie’s fundraising efforts are going to his school which is fundraising for build a new home to support more children and young people in the future.

Paces teaches children life-changing skills using conductive education - such as sitting, standing, walking, speaking, communication and self-care - in an environment where they can have fun, develop friendships and feel like they belong.

Headteacher Ruth Liu said: “It’s fantastic to have a piano in school. Music is such an important part of life at Paces and having a piano will allow us to engage the pupils in so many different ways.

“Many pupils and staff love to sing and to be able to do that accompanied by a piano will be so exciting. We all enjoy listening to Lennie playing and can’t wait to hear so many more fantastic tunes from him.

“We are so grateful to Melvin and Besbrode Pianos for this wonderful donation.”

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