Singers will be out and about in Southsea to give young Samuel a lift

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LOCAL musicians are taking to the streets to help a youngster with cerebral palsy.

Billing themselves as the Southsea Alternative Choir, the eight friends are putting on a pair of fundraising gigs and going busking for five-year-old Samuel Deakin-Mant.

Samuel’s family, from St Matthew’s Road in Cosham, Portsmouth, are trying to raise £8,000 for a lift to help restore his independence.

They will be in Palmerston Road, Southsea, from 4pm and are playing a gig with free entry at Little Johnny Russell’s in Albert Road, Southsea on Tuesday evening. There are still also a handful of tickets for tonight’s show at the RMA Tavern in Eastney.

Group member Jim Lines said: ‘We wanted to do something like playing carols, but not carols, so it’s songs by the kind of bands we like that have that anthemic feeling, like Elbow’s One Day Like This, or Blur’s Tender. We did it last year, but we wanted to do something bigger.’

this year.’