Concert to be held for Sidmouth teen on charity mission to help end world hunger

Megan Smith.

Megan Smith. - Credit: Archant

A concert to support a Sidmouth teen’s dream to help end world hunger will take place tomorrow (Saturday).

The Isca Ensemble conducted by Roger Hendy plan to take to the stage at 7.30pm, at Sidmouth Parish Church. It will features popular music by Rossini, Handel, Mahler, Mozart and Tchaikovsky’s glorious Fifth Symphony. The soloist is the locally renowned baritone Julian Rippon.

All the money made from the event will be used to support the aim of a very ambitious young Sidmouth student called Megan Smith.

The 18-year-old has set out on a quest to help the charity Action Against Hunger.

Megan will be taking on the challenge of trekking and climbing for 11 days through the Himalayan mountains to Everest Base Camp.

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Megan plans to fly to Lukla airport which is already at an altitude of 2,840 metres and then spend eight days climbing through the mountains, slowly gaining altitude until she reaches her destination at 5,164 metres.

The teenager wants to raise around £5,000 for the charity which aims to end world hunger not only through treatment but also by attempting to address the different causes.

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Action Against Hunger aims to double the number of children they reach with life-saving treatment to six million by 2020 and eliminate preventable child deaths from malnutrition and extreme hunger by 2030.

The cause helps nearly 50 countries around the world. Just £42 can save a child’s life, so every penny that is raised will make a difference.

Roger Hendy, the orchestra’s managing director, said: “Megan is a very sincere young lady that wants to help under privileged people and that is why she is so worthy of our support.

“The orchestra continues to receive high critical acclaim for all the charity concerts it puts on in Sidmouth.”

Visit to buy a ticket or buy them from Paragon Books, in Sidmouth. The doors will open at 6.45pm.

The next event to be held by the Isca Ensemble will be a special choral-orchestral concert at Exeter Cathedral on May 26. All the proceeds will go to the regional Hospiscare.

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