Songs for Our Children

Issued: Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:51:00 BST

A group of children from Sierra Leone

The University of Glasgow is set to host a special fundraising event in aid of the St Andrew's Clinics for Children (STACC), titled Songs for Our Children, on Friday 25 October at 7pm.

This one-off concert features a special appearance by Mackie and Me, a musical duo comprising vocalist Adèle Paxton and guitarist Dennis 'Mackie' McCorkle (guitarist).

Their performance will focus on settings of Walter de la Mare and Robert Louis Stevenson poems that were written for children - or for the child in all of us.

The concert will be staged in the University of Glasgow chapel, which is an appropriate setting in light of the charity's long association with the university.

STACC was established in 1992 by University of Glasgow staff, and others, to support and develop healthcare for children in sub-Saharan Africa in response to two key developments.

Its roots lie in John Graham Kerr Professor of Zoology David Crompton's organisation of supervised summer visits for University of Glasgow students of Parasitology in which they spent time in areas where parasitic infections were endemic.

Then, following two nursing students' stay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, The Sunday Post newspaper published a feature, 'Angels in Doc Martens'.

Moved readers responded to the article by generously donating money that would help some of the poorest people in Africa, and this resulted in the creation of the St Andrew's Clinics for Children.

STACC, which now supports clinics and projects in five countries, has, since its foundation, counted both current and former University of Glasgow staff as members of its board.