Choir kicks off its summer charity series collecting for New Brighton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

SingMe Merseyside put on the first of its 2018 Summer Charity Series at the Vale Park bandstand in New Brighton on Saturday 26 May, raising around £400 for the RNLI lifeboat station from the audience and its own choir members. Musical theatre performer Sarah Chidlow also made a guest appearance.

More than 100 SingMe Merseyside choir members performing in the bandstand at Vale Park to raise funds for RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station

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The SingMe Merseyside choir performing in Vale Park to raise funds for RNLI New Brighton

The amount raised for RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station came from a bucket collection and a raffle, as the largely deckchair-seated audience was treated to a range of songs including Abba and Disney medleys from a more than 100-strong choir, accompanied by SingMe Merseyside Founder and Director Billy Hui on the keyboard. Chidlow sang several numbers including her rendition of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman musical.

'It was a fabulous day – the sun came out and it was a great crowd that came to see us for the first of our summer charity concerts. Generous too,’ said Hui. ‘We’re delighted to have been able to make this level of contribution from both the audience and our choir members, to such a worthy local cause.’

The donation will be used directly to benefit the RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station by purchasing an iPad which will be used to improve both the speed and efficiency of training assessments.

Damian Cull, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority at New Brighton Lifeboat Station said: ‘As a charity with no government funding we rely on donations, so we really are enormously grateful to SingMe Merseyside and the Vale Park audience for giving such a fantastic amount of money to our RNLI lifeboat station.

‘We take our training seriously and to now be able to buy an iPad so that volunteer crew assessments can be documented quickly and effectively, is tremendous.’

SingMe Merseyside raised £200,000 for not-for-profit organisations through its performances in 2017. For more visit www.singmemersey.co.uk.

RNLI New Brighton's Deptuty Launching Authority Damian Cull with SingMe Merseyside Founder and Musical Director Billy Hui and a choir collection bucket

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RNLI volunteer Damian Cull with SingMe Merseyside's Billy Hui and a choir collection bucket

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