A TEAM of singers has joined forces with a seniors’ charity to put their love of singing to good use.
Emsworth Community Singers is taking part in Sing Your Heart Out, which is a national campaign launched by charity Royal Voluntary Service, formerly the WRVS.
The campaign encourages choirs to fundraise for the charity and raise awareness of the benefits singing can have on an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing.
The singers will be holding a concert to raise money for the charity at the Baptist church in Emsworth on December 5 from 7.30pm.
Singers’ group member Hazel Revis said she was delighted they were able to support the charity.
Mrs Revis said: ‘Since joining Emsworth Community Singers in September 2014, I haven’t looked back.
‘I am a carer for my husband so really needed something – which the choir has definitely given to me.
‘I had no experience as a singer but this friendly group are always full of encouragement.
‘At the Christmas concert this year I will be singing my heart out and even featuring in a duet.’
Royal Voluntary Service chief operating officer John Pearson said he was thrilled the group was holding the concert.
Mr Pearson said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the members of Emsworth Community Singers for helping us to raise money by singing their hearts out.
‘Working with choirs and celebrating the power of singing was a natural choice for this campaign, as music and singing can have such a great impact on the life of an older person.
‘We’ve seen this first hand through the work of our volunteers and how it can be a powerful tool when dealing with dementia, as well as simply lifting spirits.’
For more information about the Emsworth Community Singers visit emsworthcommunitysingers.org.uk.
Other choirs keen to find out more information or hold a Sing Your Heart Out event, can sign up at singyourheartout.org.uk.