WATCH: Choirs entertain Sunderland shoppers

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CHOIRS from schools in Sunderland entertained shoppers while raising cash for charity.

Children from Diamond Hall Junior School, St Mary’s RC Primary and Southwick Community Primary, took turns to sing in The Bridges Shopping Centre to support The Children’s Foundation Christmas Appeal.

SING UP: Pupils from Diamond Hall Juniors were among a number of Sunderland school choirs which entertained shoppers with Christmas Carols in The Bridges.

SING UP: Pupils from Diamond Hall Juniors were among a number of Sunderland school choirs which entertained shoppers with Christmas Carols in The Bridges.

Generous shoppers filled the collection buckets as the children performed both classic and modern festive tunes.

Libby Nolan, fundraising manager for The Children’s Foundation, which raises money for disadvantaged, disabled and distressed youngsters in the region, said they had a fantastic day of singing and collecting.

She said: “We did so well, everyone was really generous and the children were so good.

“The Bridges was very supportive as well, they even provided each of the choirs with a box of chocolates.”

Southwick Community Primary School’s music teacher, Catherine Devenport, said the children had been rehearsing very hard for the performance.

She said: “Most of the children who took part are from our after school performing arts club. They are all ages from Year 6 down to Year 1.

“It was lovely for them to be able to sing in The Bridges and we had a lot of support from our parents who went along to watch.”

The Southwick youngsters sang eight songs in total, which was a lot, especially for the little ones.

The Children’s Foundation was established in 1990 and is now a leading children’s healthcare charity within the North East.

It raises money to fund medical and lifestyle research as well as projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children in the area.

Throughout the run-up to Christmas the charity runs a number of fund-raising activities and hopes to reach a £10,000 target this year.

Anyone who would like to know more about the charity, or make a donation, should visit www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk.