Choir on song for charity

Greg Hildreth from the hospice with members of Hartlepool Community Choir.

Greg Hildreth from the hospice with members of Hartlepool Community Choir.

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A CHOIR hit the right notes as they raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

The 55 members of Hartlepool Community Choir organised a town performance in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The first half was packed with songs from the choir’s repertoire before the singers got into the festive spirit and performed popular Christmas songs.

The efforts of the generous choir singers helped to raise an impressive £724 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

As well as donations and ticket sales, that money was raised through a raffle.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “This is the second time I have seen the choir perform in aid of the hospice this year.

“They were great with a good mix of songs and a lovely warm atmosphere that really got everybody in the Christmas spirit.

“I’d like to thank and congratulate all of the choir members for such a successful evening of fundraising, as well as everyone else who supported the event, especially Hartlepool College of Further Education for allowing the use of their wonderful new facilities, free of charge.”

Hartlepool Community Choir was launched seven years ago and now boasts 55 members of all ages. Many of the members have been involved with the choir since the very start.

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, added: “It is lovely to hear of such fundraising efforts from our local community.

“This is the kind of support that enables the hospice to continue to provide specialist palliative care to the communities of Hartlepool and east Durham.

“I would like to thank the choir and everyone involved in this event.”