On song for trio of charities

Members of Mum's The Word choir
Members of Mum's The Word choir

THREE charities are set to benefit when Hartlepool’s answer to the Military Wives choir takes to the stage later this week.

Mum’s The Word, the town’s newest all-female choir, along with other singers, is putting on a Christmas concert, which will take place at Hartlepool Corporation Club, in Whitby Street, from 7.30pm on Saturday, December 15.

Funds raised from the night are being donated to three charities with local links.

One charity to benefit is FOP Action as town girl Jasmine Sanderson, five, 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.

Another is the Save a Hart campaign, which 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.

And the third is Hartlepool & District Hospice as the Wells Avenue-based facility has provided care and support to loved ones of women in the choir.

As a result, they would like to show their appreciation by helping to raise funds to ensure the hospice remains a vital support to the people of the town. The Mail reported in September that 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, has performed at a string of local venues and events over the past year.

The group’s administrator and social secretary Jayne Brown said: “The fundraiser has been supported by a number of local businesses who have donated raffle prizes or helped raise cash.

“The choir sang at an event in the Binns Store, in Darlington, and raised £50.

“We want to raise as much money as we can for these great causes, it should be a really good night.”

The event will also feature 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.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children and concessions and they can be obtained from Kate Sirs Music School, in Stockton Road, from noon-5pm on Mondays, from 3-7pm on Tuesdays, from 2-7pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10am-2pm on Saturdays, or by calling (01429) 232952 or 07534 137884.