Ellie on course for Kenya with Kelso gig

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A COLLECTION of Borders talent will perform in Kelso North Parish Church this Saturday for a fundraising concert.

Professional musicians Michael Heywood (saxophone and clarinet), Laura Grime (fiddle), Jamie MacKenzie (piano) and the Oxnam Valley Singers, along with some well-known faces from Kelso Folk Club, are in the line-up.

The show is the brainchild of Morebattle’s Ellie Moran and Megan Kilpatrick of Kelso, both keen musicians themselves.

When 18-year-old Ellie was chosen to work for the summer at an orphanage in Kenya, the pair decided to put on the concert to raise funds for the trip.

Ellie said: “My two wee brothers have sponsored a child called Samuel in the orphanage for the last couple of years, and last year I decided that it would be great if I could volunteer to help there for the summer when I finish school.

“The orphanage is run by the Perth-based Gloag Foundation. I had an interview in January to assess my suitability, and I was delighted to be given the nod.

“It’s a huge opportunity to experience a life so radically different from my own, to learn, to share my love of music and to meet Samuel, who writes to Toby and Oscar regularly.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing first-hand the work of the Gloag Foundation, which runs several amazing projects in Kenya.”

Ellie plans to move to Brighton after her Kenyan adventure to study for a degree in Professional Musicianship.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are priced £5 on the door.

For more information on the orphanage, visit www.kenyachildrenshome.org.uk