Children bring joy to Sunderland shoppers

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CHILDREN from the city brought smiles to the faces of shoppers.

Pupils from Barnes Infant School were among the first to perform Christmas songs in The Bridges Shopping Centre.

The youngsters went along to entertain shoppers as well as raising money for The Children’s Foundation charity.

Natalina Sutherland, fundraising co-ordinator for the charity, which supports numerous projects in the North East to help improve the physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children, said the youngsters did a great job.

She said: “Every year, The Children’s Foundation hold Christmas carol singing events around the region. From little tots to award-winning choirs – the region will always pull together at Christmas to raise funds for children across the North East.

“It is lovely of the schools to come along and support us, parents often have a tear in their eye.

“Shoppers also like it, it adds to the Christmas atmosphere and who couldn’t smile when they watch a group of little ones singing?”

Jackie Longley, a member of staff at Barnes Infants, said: “The children had a fantastic time, they really enjoyed themselves.

“They only had a few days to rehearse, so they did really well.

“It was also lovely for us to be able to support the work of The Children’s Foundation.”

Barnes Infant pupil, Poppy Cooper, six, said: “I was very proud when I was singing. I liked We Three Kings best.”

And, classmate Logan Tayim, six, who performed a solo, said: “I was very excited.”

Natalina said several other children’s choirs will also be performing in The Bridges over the coming days.

But, she said they still have slots available on Monday and Thursday for other groups of children to sing in The Bridges.

Anyone school or group who would be willing to take part should contact Natalina on 282 0891.




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