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Sunderland choir singers raise £25,000 for good causes

The Voices Togerher Choir at their latest fund raising concer at St. Hilda's RC Church, Beaumont Street, Southwick, Sunderland on Saturday.

The Voices Togerher Choir at their latest fund raising concer at St. Hilda's RC Church, Beaumont Street, Southwick, Sunderland on Saturday.

CHOIR singers are celebrating after raising more than £25,000 for good causes.

Voices Together marked the fundraising milestone with a concert at St Hilda’s Church, in Southwick.

Secretary Maureen Hope said: “The concert went really well, and we managed to raise more than £500 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

“It was a great turnout, and we want to thank everyone who came along and everyone who has made a donation over the years.”

Formed in 2003, the four-part harmony choir, made up of performers from Sunderland and South Shields, has dedicated years to supporting a host of good causes, including Southwick-based Grace House, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Bubble Foundation children’s charity, military support group Help for Heroes and a range of hospices.

Maureen added: “When we perform at a venue, we tend to ask them which charity they would like us to make a donation to.

“We’ve been fundraising pretty much since the group was set up.

“We started off as a small group singing at weddings, funerals and fundraising concerts, and it went from there.”

Having already raised a total of £25,750 since starting out, the 18-strong choir plans to keep up the good work by continuing its fundraising throughout 2014.

“We don’t spend money on advertising – because that is money that could be given to charity – so we rely on word of mouth,” Maureen added.

 

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