NHS singers raising cash for vital cause

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An NHS Trust Choir has completed a five-hour singing challenge to raise money for charity.

The Trust Choir is made up of staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who performed for the singathon at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

Members of the pubic were entertained in the building’s Grand Vestibule as the choir sang an array of popular songs, including its personal theme tune, Mr Blue Skies, as well medleys of Les Misérables and Sister Act songs. Visitors were also treated to an insight into how the choir learns a three-part melody as members were taught a brand new song during the afternoon.

Already the choir has been supported to the tune of £295 through its JustGiving account, but members are still collecting sponsorship and are waiting to hear how much was raised in a bucket collection held during Sunday’s event.

Choirmaster Di Healey said: “The event went really well, and all I can say is a massive well done to our singathon hard core. Everyone was amazing, and we’re all so proud of ourselves that we completed this event.

“I think we impressed a lot of people through a combination of great singing, great solo acts and general good spirits. We all went home buzzing.”

The choir is now preparing for its appearance at the Trust’s Celebrating Success ball at the Winter Gardens next month, and Di is appealing for anyone interested in joining to get in touch.

She added: “There is research which proves the benefits of singing. It has some amazing health benefits and can be very therapeutic for some people. For us at the Trust Choir, it provides an element of stress relief and morale boost.

“Singing just makes you feel good.”