Inside Housing has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £6,500 for a charity which supports homeless people through music.
The Choir with No Name is a charity that runs choirs for homeless and marginalised people in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, with plans to launch a Brighton choir in 2018.
Through taking part in regular rehearsals and performances, choir members build up confidence and skills and are helped to overcome problems such as drug and alcohol addiction. It also provides a supportive environment for those with mental health issues and other personal issues.
Inside Housing is fundraising to support the charity in bringing its choirs together for the Big Christmas Singalong at the Brighton Dome on Friday 15 December.
The funds will support the cost of the gig, including transport to Brighton and accommodation. Names of organisations that contribute to the appeal will be thanked in a list published in Inside Housing’s Christmas edition.
Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “Overcoming stage fright to perform at high-profile gigs is one of the things members say builds confidence the most, and they can rarely afford to get all choirs together at the same time. Giving them the opportunity to do so means the world.
“Their choirs restore a sense of self-worth and become a family where a conventional one may not exist. Christmas can be a tough time for members, so having something positive to look forward to during the festive season is vital to their well-being.
"We encourage readers to get behind this important cause and join us in making a donation."
Funds raised exceeding the target will go towards supporting the choirs’ rehearsals and other regular work.
You can donate to the appeal on the Big Christmas Singalong JustGiving page.
Tickets to the event in Brighton can be purchased for £12 from the Choir With No Name’s website, with any profits donated to support the choirs, as well as local Brighton charities The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Brighton Housing Trust.