VIDEO: Kind-hearted pupil raises funds for school piano

A Wigan secondary school will be filled with the sound of music thanks to the generous donation of a piano by a kind-hearted pupil.


Guldane Hudson wanted to leave a lasting legacy at Byrchall High School in Ashton as she departs to study at college.

Guldane Hudson and the donated piano

Guldane Hudson and the donated piano

Having been given a digital piano for Christmas and absolutely loved it the deputy head girl decided she should raise the £700 for a second identical instrument and install it in the Warrington Road school.

She quickly whipped up a storm in the kitchen with the help of her family to make her dream a reality, raising the money with a range of baking-themed events.

Guldane is now hoping that other musically-talented youngsters passing through Byrchall will be able to tinkle the ivories while they are at school.

She said: “If you have a passion about something, don’t be afraid to spread the joy. Anything is possible.

“A simple idea turned into this amazing thing and now everyone gets to enjoy the beautiful sound of this piano.

“I thank anyone who donated or spent money as you’re the reason it’s here.

“But my main thanks go to my mum and sister for being such a huge help to me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

Guldane organised a series of bake sales and ran a popcorn stall to raise money, with the latter effort involving starting work in the kitchen at 6am to get the sweet treats ready.

She then roamed the school field and corridors during break and lunch times with an usherette tray selling doughnuts, pick ‘n’ mix and other sugary delights.

She also arranged an Easter raffle at Ashton Estates, her mum’s workplace, to swell the fund-raising total.

Her hard work over a period of several months paid off at the end of May when the new digital Casio piano was delivered to the school from Rimmers Music in Southport.

Guldane started playing the piano when she was nine and during her time at Byrchall could regularly be heard in the hall playing some of her favourite tunes on one of the school’s instruments.

Having just sat her GCSE exams she is now heading to Winstanley College to study maths, history and science.

She says she thought about pursuing music at A-level as well but has decided to keep her skills on the black and white keys as a hobby.