Sing in the City Edinburgh Choir raised £ 1,250 to support seniors at Halloween events

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During their Zoom Choir rehearsals, Sing in the City encouraged members to dress up and send in photos of their decorated homes, Halloween baked goods, and crafts. Other activities such as drawing and fitness classes and guitar lessons all adopted the spooky theme.

Last week, a live Facebook event provided an hour of dress up, songs and entertainment, while on Saturday afternoon families were able to join in a free Zoom Halloween party. Everyone who attended throughout the week was encouraged to donate to charity if they could.

Elaine Dove, director of Sing in the City, said: “If we were in the choir as usual now, we would have encouraged our members to dress up, bake treats for a cake for each choir and come and have a performance. fun night out and donate a small amount to our chosen charity.

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Halloween weekend raised over £ 1,000 for seniors

“Age Scotland was chosen because we have seen firsthand through many members of Sing in the City the effects the foreclosure has had on everyone, but especially the elderly who live alone.

“We are sure the total by the end of the week will be over £ 1,000 raised which in our opinion is pretty amazing and brings the total amount of our fundraising over the past 10 years. over £ 126,000.

“We have also launched a free world zoom choir that anyone can join for free and the purpose of this is to bring people together and introduce them to the joy of singing.”

Chief Radio was launched in August by Sing in the City Music Director Kirsty Baird in hopes of providing opportunities for unsigned artists and people in the community.

The station has now donated more than 30 Alexa speakers to care homes across Scotland, allowing residents to enjoy the station’s Rock the Care Home show, which airs every Sunday morning. The show is packed with music from the 50s and 60s and welcomes requests from residents via nursing home staff, as well as requests and memories from all listeners.

Age Scotland Managing Director Brian Sloan said: “We are very grateful for the generosity and creativity that groups like Sing in the City and Chief Radio have shown in their efforts to help older people who can afford it. feeling isolated and alone because of the pandemic.

“For many seniors, technology has been invaluable in staying connected in recent months. However, around half a million older people in Scotland do not have access to the internet. We all have a role to play in ensuring that no one is left out, especially as winter approaches. Just £ 10 raised will pay for two friendship calls to elderly people and could make all the difference for someone feeling isolated and alone.

“At Age Scotland, we would like to sincerely thank the Sing in the City and Chief Radio teams for their support. Music is a wonderful way to bring people together during this difficult time and these fundraising efforts will also help ensure that we can provide information, advice and friendship to every senior in need. “

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