South Kirkby pupils team up with musicians for charity

Children and staff at Stockingate Mill Junior School, in South Kirkby, with South Elmsall musician Jilly Riley.
Children and staff at Stockingate Mill Junior School, in South Kirkby, with South Elmsall musician Jilly Riley.
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Children at a South Kirkby primary school will be teaming up with a South Elmsall musician to record a song for charity.

Singer and songwriter Jilly Riley, who wrote the song, will join pupils at Stockingate Mill Junior School and Wakefield band Skinny Living to create the single next year.

All profits made from the song – Without Love – will be used to help set up a radio service for indigenous communities in Mexico.

Mrs Riley, 32, of Harrow Street, said: “It will be a great experience for the children and it’s great to have Skinny Living on board too.

“For some of the communities in Mexico radio is the only way they can communicate because they don’t have postboxes or phones.”

Mrs Riley said she is hoping to use the proceeds of the single to buy wind-up radios and radio licences.

She added: “Music is all that some of these disadvantaged people have, it keeps them together.”

The chorus will be sung by the schoolchildren and Skinny Living – who supported Jake Bugg at Leeds’ First Direct Arena in October – will also feature on the track.

The song is part of Mrs Riley’s Global Harmony Chain Message project, where she created a special message with pupils which will be sent to thousands of schools around the world.

The email message, containing a photograph and short message, will be sent on New Year’s Day.