Leeds choir sing for their hearts to support local heart charity’s viral, celebrity-filled Christmas campaign
A local choir will bring festive cheers to Leeds commuters tonight (Thursday 21 December) in support of Leeds-based charity Heart Research UK’s viral, celebrity-filled Christmas campaign.
Sing for your Heart asks the public and celebrities to ‘sing, donate and nominate’, by uploading a short video of themselves singing on social media, texting SING to 70144 to donate £3 and then nominating up to three others.
All money raised will go towards continuing to fund pioneering medical research into heart disease. Around 7 million people are living with cardiovascular disease in the UK and many have been helped thanks to pioneering medical research. However 70,000 people die from coronary heart disease every year – the UK’s single biggest killer.
A viral sensation, it has reached over 16 million people online and gained support from:
• Pop princess Pixie Lott
• Irish superstars Boyzone
• Strictly Come Dancing stars Brian Conley and Davood Ghadami
• Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon
• Loose Women’s Linda Robson and Stacey Solomon
• Panto favourite Christopher Biggins
• Fashion guru Gok Wan
• Essex author and blogger Giovanna Fletcher (wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher)
• ITV’s Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan
• And many, many more
Performing at Leeds Train Station on Thursday 21 December will be:
• 6pm – 7pm: Alwoodley Community Choir
Sing for your Heart was launched by 6-year-old Jaxon Green-Moore from Queensbury, Bradford. The young schoolboy suffers from congenital heart disease as a direct results of his LEOPARD syndrome. His heart condition means he’s in constant risk of cardiac arrest. There is currently no cure.
In the UK, at least 1 in 180 babies is born with congenital heart disease. More research is needed to help all who suffer from heart disease and to help families like Jaxon.
Barbara Harpham, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK, said “Your kind donations will help so many people with heart disease live healthier, happier and longer lives.
“Listening to these wonderful choirs and doing your own Sing for your Heart is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. So get your friends, family or even pets together and ‘sing, donate and nominate’. The money you raise will help fund research to give children and their families a brighter future”.