High Peak pupil’s international music fundraiser

Paige Earnshaw 9 as set up Little people make big noise.
Paige Earnshaw 9 as set up Little people make big noise.

A schoolgirl who found happiness in music after being bullied wants to spread more joy to others through a new campaign.

Little People Make Big Noise has been set up by nine-year-old Paige Earnshaw, from Combs, with the aim of raising £600 to buy musical instruments for children in Africa.

Paige Earnshaw 9 as set up Little people make big noise.

Paige Earnshaw 9 as set up Little people make big noise.

Her mum Jenna, 29, said: “When Paige found out there are children in the world who don’t have access to music she wanted to do something about it.

“She plays the flute and the piano, and having music in her life really helped her when she was having a tough time at her old school in Yorkshire. She just wants to make others feel the same happiness.”

Jenna’s partner works for School Under the Tree, a charity which provides schooling for some of the world’s poorest children and young people who, due to their circumstances, are unable to access a basic education. Paige is raising money to help those students have access to music.

The Kettleshulme St James School pupil has already received £290 of her total, and her music tutor says she will provide lessons via a webcam link to teach the students.

Jenna added: “Having people who believe in her and her project has been a massive help for her self-confidence and I am so proud of my kind-hearted little girl.”

An instrument amnesty is being held at the school for anyone wanting to donate old instruments or music books prior to School Under The Tree heading out to Ethiopia on April 28. For information: littlepeoplemakebignoise.org