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Harrogate and Skipton musicians help Manchester attack victims

Harrogate and Skipton musicians help Manchester attack victims

Published at 10:40am 7th June 2017. (Updated at 12:38pm 7th June 2017)

Members of a Harrogate and Skipton-based group of choirs have raised £1,000 for victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The singers at Rock Up and Sing! contributed the funds in just one week, aiming to help those injured and bereaved in the bombing at Manchester Arena.

They were moved by hearing about the many children and families affected, including several friends of choir members.

Director Rhiannon Gayle said: "We have a thriving youth choir here at Rock Up and Sing!, and I teach singing in local schools too, so many of us know the children who were at the concert that night.

"For our group of music enthusiasts and performers, this attack was truly shocking and felt very close to home. We wanted to do something to support everyone involved and show our solidarity with them.

"I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our members, and we hope our contribution will help those affected to continue their recovery."

The money was raised through a series of raffles held during choir rehearsals in Harrogate and Skipton.

With 400 members across the four choirs, Rock Up and Sing! has a long track record of fundraising.

In 2014, members donated more than £600 from the proceeds of a concert to local people made homeless by a fire in the centre of Harrogate.

Their next event is a two-date residency at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 15 and and Sunday 16 July, called 'One Vision'.

They will be raising money for St Gemma's Hospice through both concerts.