Derby’s award-winning poet to appear at festival raising money for local special school

AWARD-WINNING Derby poet Jamie Thrasivoulou – the man behind the ‘We Are Derby’ poem – will perform at an outdoor festival which will raise money for a city special school.

Jamie’s emotive poem, which is read over the tannoy at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium before every home game, will be recited at the fourth annual Gilesfest Music Festival to be held at Elvaston Castle on Saturday, June 22. Money raised will go to St Giles School, in Hampshire Road, Chaddesden.

Hayley is pictured with son Lee-Hye, who has a rare Extra Chromosome 16-marker. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

There will be a penalty shoot-out hosted by Derby County Community Trust, walk-around characters, live music and street food.

Gilesfest Music Festival has been organised by mum Hayley Clarke and fellow members of the St Giles School PTA.

Hayley’s son, Lee-Hye, attends St Giles and she says that organising the music and food festival is her way of giving back to the school. The nine-year-old has an Extra Chromosome 16-marker; a condition so rare, he is thought to be one of less than five people in the UK diagnosed.

She said: “When Lee first joined St Giles, he couldn’t walk or talk. St Giles push the strengths of a child and give them lots of support and, most of all, patience.

“I try to make the most of every day and, organising Gilesfest, allows me to give something back to such a wonderful school.

“I want this year to be bigger and better than ever. Elvaston is a perfect venue for us to host the event; we’ve put so much time and effort into it and rely heavily on sponsorship and the good will of others.”

Helping Hayley to organise the event is St Giles’ PTA chairman, Allan Perry. His children, Jaydon (9) and Olivia (6) both attend the school.

“St Giles has been fantastic for my children,” he said, “this is our way of giving back.”

The PTA play an important part at St Giles School. Last year, they got Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson on board to help raise funds for a new multi-use games arena (MUGA), which is set to open next month.

St Giles’ executive headteacher, Clive Lawrence, said: “We pride ourselves here at St Giles on being accessible to the community and it’s always a great turn-out for these fundraising events.

“Our PTA work extremely hard and we’re grateful for what they do. They make a fantastic contribution to the school.”

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