A young man with cerebral palsy has raised more than £5,000 for his school by learning and playing 100 pieces of music on the piano.
Eight-year-old Lennie Street– who cannot walk or stand without physical support – challenged himself to the incredible feat, which included learning music composed by Beethoven, the Beatles and Justin Bieber, to support other people with motor disabilities.
It is reported that the young man from Morley, West Yorkshire, learned each piece of music by ear after taking requests from members of the public and then posting the videos on Facebook, raising thousands of pounds in the process.
Commenting on the outstanding achievement, Mr Street says the funds will be used to build a new facility at Paces, his school, to support children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
“What a huge amount of money,” he said, speaking to the BBC. “I never dreamed I would be able to raise so much just by playing the piano. Thank you to everyone who has supported me.”
Congratulating her son on the accomplishment, Mrs Street said: “I am so proud of Lennie. His efforts and the amount he’s raised are staggering and he amazes me every day.
“Paces is a school that deserves our support and I am excited by what the money will mean for Lennie and all the other amazing pupils who achieve their potential thanks to the amazing care and support they provide.”
According to the latest figures, around one in every 400 children in the UK is born with cerebral palsy. The lifelong condition causes serious mobility problems over time, affecting posture, balance, and co-ordination.