Dartford schoolboy hits the right notes for mental health charity

PUBLISHED: 14:23 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 23 March 2018

Harrison and area manager Danny Hackett. Picture: Southeastern

Harrison and area manager Danny Hackett. Picture: Southeastern


An 11-year-old musician from Dartford Grammar School, West Hill has used his piano skills to entertain passengers at Bromley South station and raise money for a Kent charity.

Harrison Willock spent a day tinkling the ivories on one of the network’s many station pianos, collecting donations from passengers as they passed.

Southeastern have matched Harrison’s fundraising efforts by donating a further £268.47, which matched the amount Harrison had already raised for the independent mental health charity North Kent Mind.

A number of pianos have been placed in stations across Southeastern’s network, and the likes of Sir Elton John and John Legend have famously surprised commuters by playing the piano at St Pancras.

Harrison’s efforts came to the attention of the Southeastern Twitter team after a member of the public commended Harrison for his generosity.

Harrison and his school house, Vaughn, selected North Kent Mind as their charity of choice for the academic year, and they hope to beat last year’s target of £1,513 through a number of fundraising activities at the school, including bake sales and sporting challenges.

North Kent Mind provides a wide range of services and support for people within the region who experience mental health problems.

Harrison’s head of house Emma Law said: “It is wonderful that Harrison used his talent to raise money for Mind and to spread awareness of an open attitude to mental health.

“He truly exceeded all expectations and serves as an inspiration to all his peers.

“Vaughn House would like to thank Southeastern for supporting Harrison’s efforts.”

Area manager Danny Hackett said, “We are delighted to match Harrison’s incredible fundraising efforts to such a worthy cause.

“He has put a smile on both our staff and passenger’s faces through his playing.”

Southeastern, who are the UK’s busiest rail operator, also offer a Travel Support Card to passengers with hidden conditions who may need more help than others.

The card enables passengers to express what extra assistance they need, which can sometimes be difficult to ask for.

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