Sport Relief 2014 Songs of Praise


Sport Relief 2014

Dan Walker visits a church transformed into a winter-themed sporting arena, meets the Paralympian long jumper hoping to leap into the record books.


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It's Sport Relief time again and the nation is getting ready

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and set to raise money for charities at home and abroad.

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So, Songs Of Praise is joining in.

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We've come to St Peter's in Warwickshire,

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where they're doing their bit inside the church.

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Welcome to a rather different edition of Songs Of Praise!

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Curling in the pews?! What's that all about?

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Who exactly benefits from Sport Relief? More on that later.

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The athlete aiming to make history at the Commonwealth Games.

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And some stirring sporting hymns and songs.

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Every two years, Sport Relief brings the nation together

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to get active, have fun, and raise life-changing amounts of money.

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And if you're on the hunt for inspiration

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for something you can do, look no further than this place.

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Six rural churches have come together to create

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the Edgehill Games,

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a mix of sports and activities anyone can get involved with.

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Back where you started.

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So, first of all, Barry, tell us what's going on today?

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It's very noisy! It is very noisy, yeah!

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We're having some fun today with the Edgehill Winter Games.

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It's sort of a reprise of something we did in the summer of 2012

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with the Olympics, with a bit of an inter-village competition.

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We've got some of the kids from the local schools involved

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with a few different events with a winter theme to them.

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So, talk us through the events.

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Because some have got some rather peculiar names!

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Well, we have got a downhill computer game, skiing.

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We've got snowball dodge ball. We're having some fun with that.

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We've got indoor curling, running on ball bearings.

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And that's working well.

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And we've got a game called the Leaning Tower of Kneelers.

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Did you come up with that? Yes.

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It's a sort of relay game where they've got to build a large tower

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of kneelers and see how high they can get in a set time.

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More of that in a minute.

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And our first song with a sporting theme

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ought to get your feet tapping!

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If that hasn't tired you out, then this certainly will!

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BELLS RING

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Oh, hello! So, as you can see, things are in full swing.

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Let's go and have a little bit of a word

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and a wander round some of our participants.

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We have Lizzy here, who as you can see, is taking part in the snow...

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what's it called, Lizzy? The Snowball Challenge.

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Now, loads of the lads are going straight for the 20s

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up at the top there. What are your own personal tactics?

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Well, I'm going to go for the lower numbers first.

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And then if I get those, go for the big 20. Good thinking. Love it.

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Well done. All the best with that. Try not to hit us as we go through!

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Over here, underneath the stained glass windows,

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a bit of ski slalom going on. Enjoying yourselves, gentlemen? ALL: Yes!

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Live high-five, excellent! Let's make our way back through here.

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Excuse me, everybody. We've got a bit of bell ringing going on.

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You might be able to hear that in the background.

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And here is the curling court.

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Perhaps the only curling court in the world that is marked out

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with pew cushions! Darryl is in position. So, let's do this.

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Darryl, ready to curl? Yeah! Curl!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Great curling! Well done! Champion!

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For the vicar, Barry, this isn't just silly fun.

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One of the values we have as a church,

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one of our roles is to grow community.

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That's our own personal growth, but actually wanting to draw people

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together where we can know each other more,

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make new friendships and strengthen old ones. And have some fun!

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There's still time to get involved.

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And if you want more information, go to bbc.co.uk/sportrelief.

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We'll find out later which of these teams wins gold.

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INSTRUMENTAL

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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At this year's Commonwealth Games, London 2012 silver medal winner

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Stef Reid is hoping to make history.

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Remarkably, in Glasgow, she wants to compete with the able-bodied

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athletes in the long jump.

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My dad is Glaswegian and I've declared for Scotland.

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So the way the Commonwealth Games works is that

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it's an able-bodied competition, but they do pick a few Para events.

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And initially mine was chosen, but unfortunately,

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they took my event out.

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And I was devastated and I just thought,

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"Gosh, you know, why not just try

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"and qualify for Commonwealths as an able-bodied competitor?"

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So you're really pushing the boundaries of sport?

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Erm, yeah, I guess in a sense. But I know it's doable.

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COMMENTATOR: Stefanie Reid...

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Stef must jump over six metres if she is to compete -

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a huge challenge.

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But I wouldn't be surprised if she achieved that goal,

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considering how far she's come

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since she was hit by the propellers of a boat when she was just 16.

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I had deep lacerations to my right leg and...

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but a much more serious cut to my lower back.

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And they took me to the closest clinic and, you know,

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they did the best they could.

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And by that point my parents had managed to come.

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And I remember just being furious at the clinic doctor,

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because he sent them in... to say goodbye.

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You know, I was 16 and I did not... I wasn't ready to die.

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And I was scared and, erm, that was the first time I really prayed

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and asked God, you know, "Please save my life."

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And God listened and he heard that prayer and I know he saved my life.

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I remember waking up in Recovery and my mum walked in.

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And she couldn't look at me.

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And she came over and said, "Stefanie, I'm so sorry.

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"We did everything we could, but they had to amputate."

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And I was very...

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..angry.

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With...? What, yourself? With the situation? With God?

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I think with God. I just thought, "This isn't what I signed up for.

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"You know, why would you save my life

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"and take away the one thing that I loved most?"

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What I find amazing is that you fundamentally believe

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that God has this perfect plan for your life.

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Even though, at the age of 16, He took away the one thing

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that you felt was the most important thing in your life.

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Hmm, he did, but you know, the thing is even with that,

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I still trusted him. And I've just seen how he's given it back to me.

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Just, you know, in a way that I never, I never expected.

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And I think, you know, God will surprise you like that.

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And, you know, I said it before, I think ultimately

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God is more concerned with our growth than our comfort.

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For Sport Relief, Stef and I are now off to visit a charity

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who use sport and exercise to inspire people facing homelessness.

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For some young people, life can be very tough.

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Faced with poverty and homelessness,

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they don't just need a roof over their heads,

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but people to believe in them.

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This is YMCA Crewe, who look after a number of homeless young people.

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But with the help of Sport Relief, it's much more than just a hostel.

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Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid is taking

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a break from training and we're paying them a visit.

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One way they try and engage with young people is through sport

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and exercise.

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Today, there's a Zumba session,

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specially for young women affected by homelessness.

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And Stef can't help but get involved.

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CHEERING

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While Stef is "Zumba-ing",

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it's an opportunity for me to find out more about the charity.

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When I first thought about coming to the Crewe YMCA,

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I didn't think I'd see a Zumba class! You try all sorts here!

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We do a whole host of programmes.

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Being homeless is just a symptom for any of us.

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It's something that's happened to us, it doesn't define us.

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So what we try and do is obviously provide them somewhere to stay,

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of course we would.

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But then really what we're looking at are the underpinning issues.

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But more importantly, the underpinning strengths

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and talents that people have got.

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So what we're trying, with everything that we do, is to turn lights on.

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It's not every day a Paralympic medallist turns up.

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And her story has captured their imagination.

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I was in an accident, I was in hospital,

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and that was a really devastating time for me.

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I mean, I was so thankful to still be alive.

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But at the same time, I just...

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I just didn't really want to experience life without my foot.

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I would love to hear about what you guys are doing here

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and what is one of the best things that you've learned while being here?

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Independent living. How to do things independently and on your own.

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And that you can get the experience and overcome anything you want,

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really. Mmm. If you just try.

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What do you think would have happened

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if you hadn't found the YMCA Crewe here?

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Where do you think you would be now? In a cardboard box, wouldn't you?!

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Probably! Cardboard box in Aldi car park!

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No, you'd be more at rock bottom, wouldn't you?

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You wouldn't have any support

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and you wouldn't have anyone by your side. Hard.

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What do you think you've learned from speaking to this great

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Paralympian today?

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I think the most I've learned is that, obviously, to have,

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like, not your fault, that's such a big thing that's, you know,

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it's such a big thing to lose.

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And then, obviously, a lot of us in here have just lost our home

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and whatever, stuff like that, but, yeah, for you to, like,

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still go on with what you want to do

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and still make the best out of it, you know, even after such a horrible

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thing happened to you, gives, I think,

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like, us a bit of inspiration to just get up and do stuff.

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It's so funny, cos my...

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The way that you feel about me is the way that I feel about you,

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and I don't know what it's like to be in a position where I don't have a

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home to go back to, and I just want you to know I think you guys have all

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been a huge encouragement to me.

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All money raised by Sport Relief is spent making a difference to people,

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both abroad and here at home.

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At this church in Cardiff, for example, they support

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a charity with a special musical way of changing lives.

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I'm Jan Gould

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and I'm the priest in charge at the Church of the Resurrection,

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which is in the parish of Glan Ely, in the west of Cardiff.

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It's been quite well known in the past for being

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a very deprived area,

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and there are obviously still many families today who struggle

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financially, particularly in the current economic climate, and those

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families wouldn't really be able to afford music lessons ordinarily.

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Making Music, Changing Lives is a project where we basically

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give children the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument.

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When you start you don't have a clue about how to play an instrument

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or what you're going to do, and then once they've taught you, cos they're

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really good teachers, and once they've, like, helped you,

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then it's really easy to play it.

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If you've never learned an instrument you can come here

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and they'll help you learn an instrument

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and it's good cos you can mingle with other people.

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Meet other people you didn't know before.

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You can learn a lot of music.

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You can play whatever instrument you want.

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These children are used to performing for each other,

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but today, it's another matter.

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World-renowned Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion regularly

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performs in front of the world's finest orchestras to huge audiences,

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but today, for a special one-off concert,

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we've asked him to sing

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with the Making Music, Changing Lives orchestra.

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But can they pull it off?

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# Sleep, my child

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# And peace attend thee

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# All through the night. #

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One of the things we've really noticed with the children

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since they've been developing their musical skills is that they

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have an increased sense of self worth, an increased confidence.

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# The night... #

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But, you know, how could it be any other way when we've put them

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on a stage and they're playing to an audience

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and then they get rapturous applause?

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What does that do to a child? Money can't buy that.

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It's what the music gives them.

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# In slumber sleeping... #

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For me, music and God are pretty much one and the same thing.

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It's all about what's deep in our core.

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# All through the night. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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A resounding success.

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Now then, you are the leader of this orchestra. No, I'm not. You are.

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How old are you? Eight. Eight years old?

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This is my third year, yeah.

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Wow! So what do you enjoy most about being in this orchestra?

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What do you enjoy? Being the leader!

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Well, you said you weren't the leader earlier, but you are, aren't you?

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Yeah. Yes. And you know, it's a very important role. No, I'm not.

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Everybody has to follow you. No, they don't.

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They have to follow the conductor. Yes, and you as well. No, not me.

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Right. Only the conductor.

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I'm sure you'll agree Sport Relief supports some incredible charities.

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And the good news is, you can help.

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To donate ?5 to Sport Relief right now,

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just text "SONG" to 70005,

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and Sport Relief will get ?5 and help transform

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the life of vulnerable people all over the UK and across the world.

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Texts cost ?5 plus your standard network message charge,

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and the whole of that ?5 goes to Sport Relief.

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You must be over 16

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and you must have the bill payer's permission, as well.

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If you want any more details, or full terms and conditions,

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just go to bbc.co.uk/sportrelief.

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Father, we thank you for the gift of sport,

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and for the way that it beings communities together.

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And help us to reach our full potential.

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Challenged by your love, help us care for those around us.

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Bringing healing and hope to those in need.

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Snowballs have flown, kneelers have tumbled and vital money

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has been raised for Sport Relief at the Edgehill Winter Games.

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Now all that remains is the medal ceremony.

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So, in third place, in the bronze medal position, the Rascals!

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Come on, the Rascals.

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So, in second place, in silver medal position, the Canton Cruisers!

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CHEERING

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No shame in winning silver. There's no shame.

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The winners of the Edgehill Winter Games are Team Joshua.

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CHEERING

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Here you go, Aidan. Well done.

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Great headband. Tommy.

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There you go.

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We've enjoyed our great Edgehill Winter Games

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and raised plenty of money for Sport Relief as well.

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Time for one last hymn, Thine Be The Glory.

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HE LAUGHS

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Steady on!

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Next week, Eamonn celebrates St Patrick's Day in Londonderry,

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and meets men and women inspired by Ireland's patron saint.

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There will be great hymns from the city's Guildhall

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and a performance from Derry singer-songwriter Eilidh Patterson.

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Dan Walker visits a church transformed into a winter-themed sporting arena, meets the Paralympian long jumper hoping to leap into the record books and introduces hymns and songs that continue to inspire sports fans.


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