Those attending the Tuneless Choirs United weekend in Nottingham at the start of the month got this year’s fundraising off to a fantastic start. £600 was raised for our 2018 official cause, which is Mind, the mental health charity.
Choir members from West Bridgford, Maidenhead, Sutton Coldfield, Bourne, Maidstone, Chesterfield, Cardiff, Solent, Wallingford, Newcastle, and Beeston braved the rain to sing four songs in Nottingham’s High Street in a flash mob. They surprised Saturday shoppers by emerging from the crowds singing Downtown, before going on to blast out Que Sera Sera, California Dreamin’ and We Are the Tuneless. Choir Leaders Tabitha, Sheena and Mel rattled buckets and collected over £50 within a few minutes.
Over £540 was raised from a raffle held that evening with a “sparkle” theme, thanks to a wonderful range of prizes including tickets to Trent Bridge donated by Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, an online colour consultation from My Ruby Slippers Style Academy, and 10kgs for ironing from Nicky Smuts. The latter was won by a delighted Pam Matts from West Bridgford Tuneless Choir!
Tuneless’ Nadine Cooper said “People might wonder why we bother to sing when we are not so good at it. One of the main reasons is that it gets our endorphins, the so-called ‘happy hormones’ flowing. Indeed singing in a group has been shown to help alleviate anxiety and depression. So whether or not they’ve suffered from such issues, our members tend to be aware of the importance of doing things to make yourself feel good. It is reason enough to look after our mental health. The Tuneless leaders wanted to support a charity which raises awareness of mental health issues, and provides help for those experiencing them. In England and Wales, Mind is the natural choice.”
Maidenhead Tuneless Choir have already raised £110 for Mind from a theatre trip to see Annie, making a total of £710 that has gone to the charity within the first few weeks of the year.
Watch the video of the Flash Mob, created by Solent Tuneless Choir’s Jon Booth, below: