Surprise serenades from Hadleigh Community Choir boost Armchair Players’ Children in Need Fundraising pot
- Credit: Gregg Brown
A pop-up choir yesterday raised money for Children in Need by serenading shoppers in Hadleigh.
The Hadleigh Community Choir performed impromptu sets at both QD and the Co-op in the town while volunteers collected cash from passers by for the charity.
The stunt was part of a two day series of fundraisers organised by the Armchair Players theatre group, which includes more performance by the choir today and a 15 minute version of Hamlet.
Founder of the Players Maddie Labinger said the first day of activities had been very successful.
“We had a fine day,” she said. “The choir popped up at QD at 11.30am and did 20 minutes of singing and we had people following our buckets around dropping notes into them.
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“We’ll not know how much we have collected until the whole thing is over but for one day we have done very well.
“Last year we took over £900 and that was just bucket collections. We are hoping this year we are at least going to double that.”
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Ms Labinger said Children in Need was the Armchair Players’ chosen charity and they fundraise for them every year.
However this is the first year they have done more than just bucket collections. Today in the Ansell Community Centre there is also a table top sale in support of the charity between 2.30pm and 5pm.
The first of two performances of Tom Stoppard’s 15 minute Hamlet by the armchair players also takes place here at 3pm.