Carol singers wanted to join in at store concert

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Sainsbury’s Hampden Park and the Arndale Centre are on the lookout for local carol singing groups this Christmas to take part in a charity event.

▪For the first time local carol singing groups will form part of a nationwide carol singing event held in Sainsbury’s stores across the UK and the two stores in the town will switch off all in-store music for two days to make way for local carol singing choirs.

The Sing While You Shop is at Sainsbury’s Hampden Park and the Arndale Centre on Saturday and Sunday December 14 and 15.

And by taking part the carol singers will have the option to raise funds for the store’s local charity partner Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders for Hampden Park and Eastbourne RNLI for the Arndale Centre – or a local charity of their choice.

Professional choirs, singing families, friends and regional groups including schools, charities, community clubs and hospices are being given the chance to spread the festive cheer.

Sainsbury’s Hampden Park store manager Tony Gagola said, “We’re encouraging local residents and groups to get involved.

“Everyone from the area is welcome to apply and we’re delighted to offer our customers the chance to help us spread the festivities in-store with some traditional Christmas classics.

“It will be music to the ears of customers as they shop, singing a selection of Christmas classics from Jingle Bells and Little Donkey to light-hearted favourites such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Local residents and groups will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information contact Melanie Oliver at Hampden Park on 430447 or David Watson at the Arndale Centre on 639344.

The Arndale Centre store’s chosen charity is the Eastbourne RNLI, whose volunteer crew members are out in all weathers at sea going to the aid of vessels in trouble.

Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders is the charity supported by the Hampden Park store and it is often first on the scene of an emergency and provides treatment until paramedics arrive.