Concert helps notes pour in for charities

Mums the Word members and fellow performers during the charity night.
Mums the Word members and fellow performers during the charity night.

HARTLEPOOL’S answer to the Military Wives choir hit all the right notes to give three charities a boost.

A charity Christmas concert held by the town’s Mum’s The Word all-female choir, along with various other artists, raised an impressive £1,650 for three local good causes.

The success of the night means Hartlepool and District Hospice, FOP Action, and the Save A Hart campaign are now set to receive £550 each.

FOP Action was chosen as a cause to support as five-year-old town girl Jasmine Sanderson, five, who, suffers from Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, a rare and distressing medical condition where bone forms in muscles and other tissues.

Her parents Kelly and Ian, who are friends of a member of the choir, are helping to raise £120,000 to help fund research.

The Save a Hart campaign aims to raise £30,000 to send High Tunstall College of Science student Georgia Hart, 15, to America for clinical trials as she suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia, a progressive and potentially life-threatening disease that attacks and damages the central nervous system resulting in co-ordination and balance problems.

The hospice was chosen because of the care and support it has provided to loved ones of women in the choir.

The group’s administrator and social secretary Jayne Brown said: “We are absolutely delighted to say that the Mum’s The Word and Friends charity fundraiser night raised an amazing £1,650 in total, enabling a donation of £550 to each charity.

“We were overwhelmed by the support we were given and the generosity of the donations of raffle prizes from local businesses, we can’t thank them enough.”

The charity night, which also featured music from Maria Riley, Sally Rafferty and Pony Trap, Emma Gowland, Peter Rowland, Emma Eglintine, Tony Fox and Mick Pollard and a rock ‘n’ roll bingo, was held at Hartlepool Corporation Club, in Whitby Street.

The choir, which is based at the Stranton Centre, in Southburn Terrace, and is accompanied by Kate Sirs of The Kate Sirs School of Music, performed at a string of local venues and events last year, having formed in September 2011.