Two Carrick schools received an early Christmas present last week with a visit from Britain’s Got Talent star Jordan O’Keefe.
The 19-year-old singer and guitarist, who was a finalist on the hit ITV talent show earlier this year, appeared in two separate performances at Carrickfergus College and Carrick Grammar on Thursday.
The sell-out concerts were organised to raise money for Cool FM charity Cash for Kids.
At the College, the Londonderry musician was supported by Year 14 pupil Laura Dunlop, a local band and a comedian.
“This is such a great event, with lots of excitement about the school; I am so glad that I am able to be part of it in this way,” said Laura, who was amply supported by her fellow College pupils.
Year 13 students Rebecca McMillan and Hannah Clokey were given the opportunity to interview Jordan for the school podcast, which will be available to download through iTunes and the school website in January.
A staff member at the school confirmed that as of Friday morning, the event had raised at least £1200 and counting.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s headline performance in the Grammar show, dubbed ‘Enterprise Factor’, saw the teenager appear as the grand finale in a programme featuring Scottish boyband Supanova.
Also taking to the stage were a group of teachers from the school, including principal Kieran Mulvenna, along with Year 12 singing talent Jessica Logan.
Enterprise Factor was organised by a group of Business Studies students from Year 11, according to their teacher Paul McKittrick.
“Our total for ticket sales, including donations from staff, was £1400,” Mr McKittrick said. “We were delighted with how the whole event worked out – the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Jordan O’Keefe was lovely with the pupils, taking time to speak to a lot of them and encourage those interested in developing their musical abilities. He was also really complimentary about how well the pupils had organised the event.”
Cash for Kids aims to raise money for thousands of disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland who rely on charitable support.
Funds are distributed to provide relief from illness, disability or disadvantage among children aged 0-17.
The charity assists in promoting the social, physical and mental wellbeing of children and young people, with a focus on improving quality of life as well as encouraging personal development.