Choirs sing their hearts out to raise charity cash

The ice bucket challenge
The ice bucket challenge
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SIXTY singers performed songs from around the world at a fundraising event in Old Portsmouth.

The group took part in Sing For Water outside the Square Tower on Sunday and raised more than £1,500 for the charity WaterAid through collections on the day and sponsorship – almost double the previous year’s total of £830.

The money will support the WaterAid charity’s vital projects in the Afram plains region of Ghana.

The community choir group is mainly made up of members of Southsea Community Choir.

The group was featured on BBC Radio Three’s Meet the Choir in June this year.

Members of the scratch choir were sponsored to learn seven songs during an eight-week period.

Janet Ayers, who leads the group and organised the event: ‘Our Sing for Water event is a lovely opportunity for people of different ages and from different backgrounds to come together to do something we love, while also making a difference by raising awareness of the global water and sanitation crisis.’

Squally Showers, a local shanty group also performed several songs at the fundraiser.

In keeping with the water theme, a member of the choir, Mike Smith and his wife Sue undertook an Ice Bucket Challenge’ using a large bucket of seawater accompanied by the choir singing Bring me little water Sylvie.

Refreshments were provided by the Square Tower.

During the past four years, the choir has raised more than £2,500 at similar fundraising events.