A four-year-old boy from north London, whose cello lessons and instrument loan were cut by his local children's centre, has received more than £500 in donations towards getting his own cello. Ham&High readers pledged the money after reading Jahleel Weiser's story in the newspaper.

The four-year-old from Highgate started learning the cello last year in a class at Archway Children's Centre. The two cellists who ran the class agreed to give him free lessons and the loan of a one-tenth-sized cello. But the loan was withdrawn after Islington Council ruled that no child outside the borough's borders could use one of its children's centre's, even if it was their nearest one.