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Big Sing showed ‘town at its best’

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A gospel singing event in Hadleigh has been described as ‘electric’ and ‘Hadleigh at its best’ by organisers.

The Big Sing event was held at the United Reformed Church on Saturday, raising £900 for Hadeigh Dementia Action Alliance and The Rosa Simon Music Fund.

More than 150 people took part and it was sponsored by Barbara Boyd, from Hadleigh Thrift Shop.

The idea came from councillor Mary Munson and Mrs Boyd, whose daughter is a singer with The Big Sing Gospel Choir.

The Rosa Simon Music Fund was created in memory of three-year-old Rosa, who was killed in an accident outside her Hadleigh home last year, with donations used to fund musical experiences for children.

Her father Paul said: “The Big Sing event was Hadleigh at its best. The community came together, had an enormous amount of fun and raised an outstanding sum for two organisations seeking to give hope and dignity to the young and the not-so-young in our town and the surrounding villages.”

Tracey Alexander, from Magdalen House in Hadleigh, attended the concert with dementia residents and carers.

She said: “It was a truly remarkable evening. Our clients and carers were standing up singing and clapping along; it was a fantastic night out for us all.”

Tracey Loynds, chairman of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, added: “After the amazing success of the Big Sing gospel concert, we are determined to unite a community and no action is too small.”

She said the alliance was holding various events supporting Alzheimer’s Dementia Awareness Week at the Co-op in Hadleigh High Street on Tuesday, May 19, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and at Synergy Café at the Ansell Centre on Thursday, May 21, from 11am to 3pm.

There are also some dementia friends sessions being held at Hadleigh Health Centre on Friday, May 22, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, and at Hadleigh Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 3, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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