Schoolgirl on song for scanner

Pippa Crossland recording her song in the studio
Pippa Crossland recording her song in the studio
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A Sheffield teenager is aiming to help medics to save more children’s lives - by releasing her very own pop single.

Pippa Crossland, aged 14, is using her talents as a singer-songwriter to support Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which wants to buy a £2.3million scanner to enable surgeons to operate more precisely on patients.

Pippa, who is from Crosspool, is releasing her song – a ballad called Shining Light - through iTunes next Tuesday, and is also performing the number in front of pupils at Sheffield High School, where she is a Year 9 student.

Her mother Debbie said she was ‘nervous’ about the concert, which will take place during a school assembly next week, but that her previous stage experience – including top roles in productions of Annie and the Sound of Music – should stand her in good stead.

Debbie has been a volunteer fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Charity for 10 years, and her voluntary work has spurred her daughter on to join the cause.

“This year is particularly important, as they are raising money for a lifesaving scanner which will be one of only three in the world, and the only one in the UK,” she added.

The 3T MRI scanner will allow medics to ensure brain tumours are completely removed while operations are under way. The co-writer of Pippa’s song – John Sephton of Old Pig Farm in Oughtibridge - donated studio time so Pippa could record her track, which tells the story of a young couple who fall in love, before one of them becomes ill.

Pippa said the tale was ‘open-ended’, adding: “I wanted it to be hopeful, but also make people think.”

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