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Chance to sing on charity song and raise money for Beckton hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:10 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:10 31 August 2016

Mark de Lisser Singology by Nick Blak

Mark de Lisser Singology by Nick Blak

NICK BLAK 2015

Richard House Children’s Hospice will have a night to remember when a choir releases a charity Christmas single.

L-R: Hospice patient Humayra. 19, with nurse Emma and Arun, 19L-R: Hospice patient Humayra. 19, with nurse Emma and Arun, 19

December might seem a long way off, but Singology community choir has already started raising the £2,000 they need to record the festive fundraiser.

The Beckton hospice is a cause close to choir founder Mark de Lisser’s heart after he and his wife Tracey lost their son Samuel in 2009.

“Kids are a blessing and losing a child is one of the most harrowing things you can got through in life, and it’s important for parents to know that if they lose a child organisations like Richard House can offer some support in their hour of need,” he said.

“When we lost our child we didn’t know there were people we could speak to and we felt quite alone.”

Singology by Nick BlakSingology by Nick Blak

Mark, who has appeared on television programmes such as The Voice and Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir, said his family’s loss underlined the importance of hospices.

“I understand the work this guys do with respite care and support for the parents,” he said.

“We don’t talk about these things so lots of people don’t know what support is out there, so we decided to do what we love doing to help Richard House and raise awareness.”

Now Singology has created a choral arrangement of Shalamar’s A Night To Remember especially for Richard House, and Mark hopes to lay down the track in time for a Christmas release.

He said: “With the pledge fund we need to raise £2,000 to record the single and make the video, then anything left above that, and the money from the sales, will go to the charity.

“I have no doubt that we will raise the £2,000 but I think over the next year or so we could double it. Our hopes are high - we’re probably looking at a few thousand pounds.”

Anna Bates, head of fundraising at Richard House, said they were “delighted” with the choir’s campaign.

She added: “We need to raise £2 million in voluntary donations each year and Singology’s support will assist us in caring for those who need our help.”

As well as the 250 Singology members, Mark is inviting other people into the recording booth to sing on the track with them.

To appear on A Night To Remember, pledge £50 at pledgemusic.com/projects/anighttoremember.


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