A pair of Barnes schoolboys are set to take over St Paul’s Cathedral for a night, after organising a unique fundraising event.

Tom Jackson and Alex Bridle, both 17, will host a special choral concert at the London landmark in aid of charity Help for Heroes, after being inspired by the plight of soldiers not much older than themselves.

Tom said: “It feels pretty amazing [to be doing this] and we have to thank St Paul’s so much. For Alex and I there was no specific event that made us want to raise money for Help for Heroes.

“The very fact that on the news there was not just one report of casualties but there were so many and they involved so many young men and women only a few years older than us... that’s what inspired us.”

The two teenagers, students at St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, will host their fundraising concert on Wednesday, June 29, as part of a two part charity drive that will also see them cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End in nine days next month.

The boys hope to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes through both the concert and cycle ride.

Tickets for the concert, which will feature composer Ben Parry showcasing a new work based on the Maxwell Edmond epitaph ‘went the day well?’ and the St Paul’s choristers, are on sale now.

To buy tickets visit wentthedaywell.co.uk or call 08444 771000.