Charity Christmas Carols in Haywards Heath

Carol singers in Haywards Heath SUS-150501-154223001
Carol singers in Haywards Heath SUS-150501-154223001

A group of musical young adults (aged 16 to 22) performed Christmas Carols in Haywards Heath on Saturday 20th December 2014, bringing festive cheer to shoppers and raising funds for two important local charities – Group B Strep Support, run by Lindfield Mum Jane Plumb and Bolney-based Hope House Haiti (UK).

Bolney-based Hope House Haiti (UK).

The group, all local, included a number of choral scholars from some of the UK’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. They sang for most of the day, starting in the morning in The Orchards and moving, after lunch, to the foyer of Haywards Heath’s Sainsbury’s.

The group comprised Olivia Bell, Emily Wiltshire, Phoebe Dingemans (flautist), Camilla Plumb, Izzie Smith, Florence Bell, Lil Miligan, Jamie Marsh, Jonny Peppiatt, Charlie Marsh, Nico Marsh, Fred Light, William Marsh, George Salimbeni, George Evans-Thomas and Tom Pinnegar.

Jane Plumb MBE, chief executive of Group B Strep Support, the UK’s dedicated charity to preventing these life threatening infections in newborn babies said, “It was a joy to hear their voices ringing out – many shoppers stopped to listen and enjoy the beautiful, festive sound.” Jane’s daughter, Camilla Plumb, was among the group of singers.

The singers raised a total of £374.46 for two locally based charities - £130.49 in the morning for Hope House Haiti (UK) and £243.97 in the afternoon for Group B Strep Support:.

Hope House Haiti (UK) provides funding, professional guidance and advice to Haiti-based school and orphanage www.hopehousehaiti.com

Group B Strep Support works to prevent avoidable group B Strep infection in newborn babies, increasing knowledge and awareness among new and expectant parents and their health professionals www.gbss.org.uk

Report and picture contributed by Group B Strep Support.