In 2006, Jessie James, aged 15, was gunned down in Manchester’s inner city. His mother asked why the churches were not doing something to save the lives of these young sons.

Three years prior to this agonised cry something was beginning in secret, hidden from view. We believe that this project may be the beginning of a response to the anguish of the mothers who have lost their sons in this way. The Gospel Requiem project: ‘Don’t take a life: Getta life’ was born from a spiritual experience within prayer.

It is fronted by an emerging Anglican based Order: ‘The Sisters of Jesus.’ Money has been found to finance this work to begin a project to make a difference. It is looking for people of good-will who together can begin to change things. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

This project aims to offer the gift of skill: a skill worth having: a way to ‘getta life’: to win “respect”. We already have matched funding for two bursary places for three years at Junior RNCM ... for young people of talent in any one of the following: keyboard, percussion-drums, voice, brass and woodwind.

We are looking to raise funds for a third place. Donations will also go to provide extra tuition to bring young people up to audition standard and provide travel and equipment grants for apprenticeship places.