Pupils at Monkton Combe School near Bath have launched a Christmas Appeal on behalf of the charity ‘Send a Cow’ by breaking into song on a dairy farm!

Monkton’s Choir Who Can’t Sing’ have recorded its own version of The Beatles classic ‘With a little help from my friends’ as part of a seasonal link up with the charity to highlight its vital work with families in countries across Africa.

A video of the performance by the choir has been released online at which sees the pupils pulling on their wellies and singing among a herd of cows.

Donations to the appeal can be made at the school’s JustGiving web page

The two organisations already share strong links, as a number of former pupils were part of the team which set up the charity 30 years ago. Send a Cow was launched in 1988 to provide support to families in Uganda recovering from civil war with UK farmers sending cows from their own herds to the country. Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength, providing families with a package of support which includes training in farming, gender equality and business skills alongside the provision of seeds, tools and livestock. From sending 32 dairy cows in 1988, the charity has gone on to support over two million people in Africa.

The school’s Boys Choir is known as ‘The Choir Who Can’t Sing’ and was created by Monkton Combe School’s Director of Music George Bevan who said, “We are delighted to be linking up with Send a Cow to support their incredible work with families across Africa. Their efforts to create real and lasting change for thousands of people in many African countries remains absolutely vital and it is a real pleasure to be able to celebrate our links to the charity in such a fun and uplifting way just ahead of Christmas.”

Community Fundraising Manager at Send a Cow, Ellen Grant said, “Cows can be life-changing for families in rural Africa. They provide nutritious milk to drink and sell and manure which helps crops to flourish. By reaching their fundraising target, Monkton Combe School will raise the equivalent of five dairy cows which will make a huge, life-long difference to people’s lives in Africa. I love the music video and can’t thank the boys’ choir and everyone behind the scenes enough for their hard work!”